CULLOWHEE, N.C. – Five players scored in double figures to pace Western Carolina women’s basketball to a 114-54 win over visiting Warren Wilson Wednesday in the Ramsey Center. It was the team’s final non-conference game of the season.
The Catamounts climbed up the career charts as a team as the 114 points scored by WCU was the second most in a game in program history. Western Carolina’s 11 made three-pointers tied for third most in a game.
After a slow start to the game, with the game tied at two to start the contest, Western Carolina went on a 10-0 run to build a 10-point lead. The Catamounts would tussle with the Owls through most of the first half, leading Warren Wilson 50-27 at the half. However, the second half was all about the Catamounts as WCU scored 32 points in each of the third and fourth periods holding Warren Wilson to a total of 27 points in the second half.
Tembre Moates and Tess Harris each scored 17 points to lead the Catamounts and were two of the five to score in double figures. Moates, with her 17, and Lauren LaPlant, scoring 16 points, each scored a career-high in the game. Nikki Johnson and JonTay Mitchem each had 13.
Warren Wilson’s Danasia Dumas led all scorers with 19.
Tied 2-2 to start the game, Western Carolina opened the game with a 10-0 run in the first. The Catamounts benefitted from 11 three-pointers and five players scoring in double figures.
- Moates scored a career-high 17 points adding four rebounds, an assist, and one block.
- LaPlant also scored a career-high with 16 points hitting two three-pointers and picking up a steal.
- Harris tied the team-high with 17 points and connected on four of Western Carolina’s 11 three-pointers in the game.
- Johnson had 13 points, dished out five assists and had a career-high four steals.
- Mitchem came back from injury, missing four games, to score a season-high 13 points and also had three steals.
- Dumas of Warren Wilson had 19 points.
Inside the Box Score
- Western Carolina shot a season-high 62.7 percent from the field.
- The Catamounts scored 60 of its points inside the paint.
- Western Carolina had 19 turnovers in the game to Warren Wilson’s 18. WCU got 23 points off turnovers.
- The Catamounts dished out a season-high 26 assists in the game.
- Western Carolina had five blocks in the contest.
- The Catamounts hit a season-high 42 field goals and a season-high 11 three-pointers.
- Western Carolina scored 64 of its 114 points in the second half scoring 32 points each in the third and fourth period.
- Western Carolina ripped down a season-high 56 rebounds.
News & Notes
- The win against Warren Wilson halted Western Carolina’s six-game losing streak.
- Western Carolina’s 114 points against Warren Wilson is the second most points scored by the Catamounts in program history. WCU just missed breaking the school record of 119 points scored against Berea College on Jan. 28, 1983. The 114 points are also the most points scored by a Southern Conference team this season and the third SoCon school this season to score 100 or more points: Wofford (104), Furman (102). It is also the first time since 2016 WCU has scored 100 or more points in a game.
- The 11 three-pointers by Western Carolina is the third-most by a Catamount women’s basketball team just two shy of the record of 13.
- Senior forward Sherae Bonner had two blocks against Warren Wilson pushing her career total to 130 and tying her for second place. She needs one block to take over second place from former Catamount standout Brooke Johnson and 14 to break the school record held by Shauna Terry.
- All 11 Catamounts saw action in the game and every player got in the scoring column. Each player scored four or more points.
- Junior Kennedy Rushin scored a career-high four points against Warren Wilson.
- Western Carolina’s 56 rebounds ties for eighth in the WCU Record books for rebounds in a game.
- The 42 field goals by Western Carolina against Warren Wilson ranks fourth in the WCU record books for field goals in a game.
- The 26 assists Western Carolina dished out ties for second in the Catamount record books for assists in a game.
Western Carolina hosts UNCG at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Ramsey Center. The game can be seen on ESPN3.