By Carey Phillips
Kiley Hill recorded his 300th career victory Dec. 9 as Western Carolina defeated Newberry 63-44 in a non-conference women’s basketball game at the Ramsey Center.
Kyla Allison scored 15 points and Tembre Moates had 10 for the Lady Cats, who won for the first time this season after three losses.
Courtney Virgo paced the Lady Wolves with 15 points, and Ericka Wiseley added 10.
Moates and Andrea Martin-Ruiz both scored four as WCU jumped to a 12-2 lead with 4:28 to play in the first period.
Western was ahead 16-10 at the quarter break.
The Lady Cats reeled off the final 16 points of the half to lead 41-21. Moates had four in the run, which ended with three-pointers by Allison and Lauren LaPlant.
The biggest lead was 53-28 on Allison’s two free throws with 1:57 to go in the third quarter.
Western was up 53-31 entering the fourth period.
Completing the WCU scoring were Martin-Ruiz, LaPlant and Zanoria Cruz all with eight, Joi Reid and Nadia Marshall with six apiece and Mykaylyn Davis with two.
Charleston Southern used a balanced scoring attack Sunday to defeat the Lady Cats 66-56 at the CSU Field House.
Carmelia Walker led the Lady Buccaneers with 14 points. Janaia Fargo followed with 13, and Sha’Mya Leigh had 11.
Cruz led all scorers with 24 points, and Martin-Ruiz netted 11 for WCU.
CSU never trailed and opened a 16-7 lead on Kelsie Ruff-Miles’ inside basket with 3:57 to play in the first quarter.
Western scored the period’s final nine points, including four by Cruz, for a 16-16 tie after Marshall’s layup with 35 seconds on the clock.
Fargo’s three-pointer with 8:34 left in the half gave the Lady Bucs the lead for good at 19-16.
Walker took charge with nine points in an 11-3 spurt as CSU went up 34-23 with 35 seconds to play.
The halftime margin was 34-25.
Martin-Ruiz’s jumper brought the Lady Cats within 41-38 at the 2:25 mark, and Charleston led 45-40 entering the fourth period.
Two foul shots by Cruz narrowed the deficit to 53-52 with 4:19 on the clock.
The Lady Bucs responded with an 11-2 spurt, including four each by Sharita Godfrey and Alyssia Faye, for a 64-54 advantage on Fargo’s two foul shots with 35 seconds remaining.
CSU shot 50 percent from the floor and held WCU to 39 percent.
Reid’s eight rebounds helped Western to a 35-25 advantage on the boards.
Rounding out the WCU scoring were Allison and LaPlant both with seven, Marshall with four, Moates with two and Reid with one.