By Carey Phillips
Western Carolina’s women’s basketball team upset Southern Conference leader Wofford 65-54 Saturday at the Ramsey Center.
Two days earlier, Wofford had cruised to a 65-45 win over WCU at the Ramsey Center.
Lauren LaPlant scored 22 points, while hitting six of 15 three-pointers, in Saturday’s 65-54 victory. Nadia Marshall and Zanoria Cruz both added 10 points for the Lady Cats (4-10, 2-3).
Jamari McDavid and Jackie Carman had 11 points apiece for the Lady Terriers, who made just one of 16 three-pointers. WCU never trailed after consecutive treys by LaPlant made it 10-6 with 3:39 remaining in the first quarter.
Tembre Moates scored as the period ended putting Western ahead to stay at 12-10.
The lead reached 18-10 on LaPlant’s trey with 7:47 remaining in the half.
The Lady Cats were in front 31-22 at intermission after Cruz scored in the closing seconds.
WCU opened the second half on an 8-2 run, including four by Kyla Allison, for a 39-24 advantage on Marshall’s jumper with 7:06 remaining in the third period.
Western’s biggest lead was 45-28 on another LaPlant three-pointer at the 3:07 mark.
The Lady Cats were up 50-38 entering the fourth quarter.
Wofford twice came within six. The last time was 55-49 following Carman’s two foul shots with 3:02 on the clock.
Moates scored on a follow shot, and LaPlant hit a pair of free throws keeping WCU in control.
Marshall’s nine rebounds helped the Lady Cats to a 37-31 edge on the boards.
Completing the Western scoring were Joi Reid with nine, Allison with eight and Moates with six.
Carman and Niyah Lutz scored 13 points apiece, and Hatton added 12 in Wofford’s 65-45 last Thursday.
WCU was led by Marshall with 14 points and Allison with 10.
The Lady Terriers led from the opening basket, a three-pointer by McDavid less than a minute into the game.
Wofford ran off 14 straight points, including six by Hatton, for a 19-4 margin with 2:52 left in the first quarter, which ended with the score 21-9.
The largest lead of the half was 25-9 on MaryMartha Turner’s basket with 8:56 on the clock.
The Lady Terriers led 32-17 at halftime and 47-33 entering the fourth period.
The biggest margin was 59-37 with 5:05 on the clock as Carman scored six in a 12-2 spurt.
Marshall and Moates both had eight rebounds as Western held a 36-32 advantage on the boards.
Wofford shot 44.9 percent from the floor and held the Lady Cats to 32.1 percent.
Rounding out the WCU scoring were Moates and Cruz both with nine, and LaPlant with three.