Score: Eastern Kentucky 91- Western Carolina 62
Records: Western Carolina 2-2, Eastern Kentucky 1-1
Location: McBrayer Arena -- Richmond, Ky.
CULLOWHEE, N.C. -- Western Carolina women's basketball dropped its first road trip of the season falling at Eastern Kentucky 91-62 Saturday at McBrayer Arena.
The Colonels pounded the glass and drained three-pointers to pull away from a scrappy but youthful Catamount team. EKU out-rebounded WCU, 51 to 45, and hit eight three pointers, to Western Carolina's one, in the game.
Western Carolina did enjoy a short-lived lead when the Catamounts pulled ahead, 23-22 with seven minutes left, in the second period. The Colonels surged past WCU by outscoring the Catamounts 20-7, in the final seven minutes, to close out the second period.
The Catamounts were lead in scoring by Sherae Bonner with 12 points and Erika Joseph who added 10. The Colonels were paced by a pair of 20 point scorers with Jalen O'Bannon scoring 21 and Shameekia Murray 20.
Eastern Kentucky used big scoring in the second and third period, 24-17, and outscoring WCU 20-7 in the final seven minutes of the second to pull ahead. WCU was also held to only 11 points in period three.
- Freshman guard Mika Wester scored a career-high seven points.
- Joseph pulled down a team-leading six rebound.
- Bonner led the team with a season-high 12 points.
Inside the Box Score
- EKU ripped down 51 rebounds, 30 on the defensive end. - EKU held WCU to 32.8 percent shooting and shot 43.4 percent. - EKU scored a whopping 48 points in the paint. - Western Carolina got 41 of its 62 points from bench play.
News & Notes
- With Bonner's 12 points, and Joseph's 10, Western Carolina has now had at least at least two double-figure scorers in the first four games of the season.
- EKU's 91 points is the most given up by WCU in the young season.
- With the loss to EKU, Western Carolina is on a two-game losing streak after opening the season 2-0.
- Western Carolina has scored 60 or more points in three of the first four games of the season.
Western Carolina returns home Tuesday to host UNC Asheville at 5 p.m. in the Ramsey Center. The game is part of a doubleheader with men's basketball who will host Hiwassee at 7:30 p.m.
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