By Carey Phillips

 

Furman defeated Western Carolina 71-59 Saturday in Southern Conference women’s basketball action at Furman’s Timmons Arena.

Tate Walters scored 17 points for the Lady Paladins. She was followed by Tierra Hodges with 16, Sydney James with 11 and Greyson Boone with 10.

Madison Pack paced the Lady Cats with 18 points. Bailey Trumm added 12, and Nadia Marshall had 10.

WCU led 5-2 on Marshall’s basket with 6:46 to play in the first quarter.

Furman used a 13-2 run, including five by Hodges, to move in front 15-7 on Jada Session’s two foul shots at the 2:56 mark.

The period ended with Furman leading 21-11 after Walters’ basket with five seconds left.

Madison Pack’s three--pointer capped a 10-2 spurt bringing Western within 23-21 with 7:11 to play in the half.

The Lady Paladins responded with 13 straight points, including eight by James, building the lead to 36-21 with 3:04 on the clock.

The halftime margin was 39-26.

Nine unanswered points increased the lead to 53-34 on Session’s basket with 3:17 left in the third quarter, which ended with the score 57-39.

The game’s largest lead was 63-39 with 8:26 to go as Boone and Walters hit three-pointers to start the final period.

Furman shot 40 percent from the floor, and WCU made 35.5 percent of its attempts.

Hodges’ 12 rebounds helped the Lady Paladins dominate the boards 48-30. Marshall topped Western with 11.

The Lady Cats committed 20 turnovers, and Furman had 18.

Completing the WCU scoring were Zanoria Cruz and Jacey Justice both with seven, Vanessa Oduah with three and Audrey Meyers with two.