By Carey Phillips

 

Nadia Marshall scored 20 points Saturday leading Western Carolina to a 74-48 non-conference victory over Charleston Southern in the Ramsey Center.

Tembre Moates added 14 points for the Lady Cats (3-1).

Sha’Mya Leigh and Tori Grittens had 11 and 10 points, respectively, for the Lady Bucs.

After falling behind early, Western scored eight straight points, including four by Marshall, to lead 10-7 on Zanoria Cruz’s layup with 1:47 to go in the first period.

They led 14-12 at the quarter break on Madison Pack’s follow shot as time expired.

WCU reeled off 13 unanswered points, including six by Marshall, as the margin reached 27-12 with 4:16 left in the half.

Mykaylin Davis’ basket made it 35-17 with two minutes left, and Western was up 37-24 at halftime.

Moates’ layup capped a 9-1 run for a 56-36 lead with 2:28 to play in the third quarter, which ended with WCU up 58-40.

The Lady Cats ended the game on a 14-2 spurt, including four apiece by Marshall and Moates.

WCU made 48.4 percent of its field goal tries and held CSU to 33.3 percent.

Led by Marshall with nine rebounds, the Lady Cats dominated the boards 48-22.

The Lady Bucs committed 22 turnovers, and Western had 17.

Completing the WCU scoring were Audrey Meyers with nine, Pack with seven, Andrea Martin-Ruiz and Joi Reid both with six, Davis with five, Cruz with four and Vanessa Oduah with three.