By Carey Phillips
Nadia Marshall and Zanoria Cruz came off the bench to score 18 and 13 points, respectively, leading Western Carolina’s women’s basketball team to a 72-48 season-opening victory over Emory & Henry on Nov. 9 at the Ramsey Center.
Alexis Hoppers had nine points for the Division II Lady Wasps.
After four lead changes, WCU was up 12-11 at the quarter break on Joi Reed’s layup with 39 seconds on the clock.
The Lady Cats took the lead for good at 20-18 on Madison Pack’s basket with 4:30 remaining in the half. That started a 13-3 run, including four by Tembre Moates, for a 31-21 advantage at the 1:54 mark.
The halftime lead was 37-24.
Western broke the game open with 15 straight points, including eight by Marshall, for a 52-26 lead on Endia Holliday’s basket with 2:02 left in the third period.
The Lady Cats were up 57-32 entering the fourth quarter.
The game’s biggest margin was 68-36 with 3:24 on the clock when Cruz scored on a fast break to cap a 9-0 spurt.
WCU made 45.5 percent of its field goal tries and held the Lady Wasps to 30.4 percent.
Marshall’s 12 rebounds helped the Lady Cats dominate the boards 47-26.
Emory & Henry committed 21 turnovers, and Western had 20.
Completing the WCU scoring were Mykaylyn Davis with eight, Holliday and Bailey Trumm both with six, Jacey Justice with five, Moates, Vanessa Oduah and Andrea Martin-Ruiz all with four, and Pack and Reid with two apiece.