Alyssa Walker

Western Carolina’s Alyssa Walker scored 14 points in last week’s 64-47 loss to UNC-Asheville.

By Carey Phillips

 

UNC-Asheville routed Western Carolina 64-47 in non-conference women’s basketball action Nov. 18 before an Education Day crowd of 1,810 at the Ramsey Center.

Amaryah Corpening and Zip Scott scored 11 and 10 points, respectively, for the Lady Bulldogs. Brooke Jordan-Brown had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Alyssa Walker paced the Lady Cats with 14 points, and Jewel Smalls added 10.

UNC-A dominated the first three periods and built a lead of 56-25. WCU had a strong finish to make the final more respectable.

Western’s only lead was 2-0 as Andrea Martin-Ruiz opened the scoring with 7:13 on the clock.

Scott hit consecutive three-pointers, and Sonora Dengokl made a basket for an 8-2 Lady Bulldog edge at the 5:35 mark.

UNC-A ran off the final eight points of the quarter to lead 16-5 on Jordan-Brown’s follow shot at the buzzer.

Skye Green’s layup capped a 14-3 spurt for a 30-9 advantage with 4:19 to go in the half.

Corpening beat the buzzer with a three-pointer for a 39-15 halftime lead.

The game’s biggest margin was 56-20 after 11 consecutive points, including four by Nadiria Evans, capped by Tamiah Lewis’ steal and layup with three minutes to go in the third period.

After being held to 28 points in the first 35 minutes, the Lady Cats went on a 19-2 run, including seven by Walker, in the final five minutes.

The Lady Bulldogs shot 44.6 percent from the floor and held WCU to 28.6 percent.

UNC-A controlled the glass 44-31. Smalls led Western with nine.

The Lady Bulldogs committed 15 turnovers, and Western had 14.

Completing the WCU scoring were Lauren LaPlant with nine, Andrea Martin-Ruiz and Judith Martin-Ruiz with five apiece, and Farasia Hodge with four.