SPARTANBURG, S.C. –
Redshirt-junior Chloe Wanink
set a new single-game scoring record on Thursday night, reaching a career-high 40 points to lift the Terriers to their first SoCon win, 91-65, over Western Carolina at Richardson Indoor Stadium. The 91 points scored against Western Carolina is the second most points the Terriers have scored against the Catamounts in the two team's 51 meetings, and just the second time Wofford has scored 90 or more points against WCU. The win moves Wofford to 9-7 overall and 1-0 in conference, while Western Carolina drops to 3-12 overall and 0-1.
Wanink passes Jenny Nett '02 in setting the new single-game scoring record in program history, as Nett set the record with 38 points on December 30, 2001, also against Western Carolina.
"It's a great feeling," said Wanink of the achievement, "but the first conference win at home and still undefeated at home is a really good feeling too."
Wanink was 17-for-25 (68%) from the floor for the night, which broke her own record for most field goals made in a single game, while also going 4-of-7 (57.1%) from deep range. She also added five rebounds and an assist on the night.
"Chloe was pretty special tonight. It's great to happen on the night she got rewarded her 1,000 point ball and to come out and break the individual record was pretty special," said head coach Jimmy Garrity
. "She works on her craft day in and day out. She's a great leader, a great teammate to have, and it just makes everybody better."
Freshman Jackie Carman
finished with 15 points, connecting on 4-of-9 (44.4%) 3-point attempts, while classmate Alexis Tomlin
followed with 10 points and seven rebounds in 15 minutes off the bench to cap the double-figure scorers. Carman also added three rebounds and an assist.
The Terriers also recieved balanced efforts from senior Marissa Bayer
(eight points, five rebounds), sophomore Jamari McDavid
(eight points, two rebounds, two steals), sophomore Da'Ja Green
(10 assists, seven rebounds), freshman Niyah Lutz
(four points, seven assists, three rebounds), and junior Cairo Booker
(four points, five assists, three rebounds).
The Catamounts opened the game leading 5-0 before Wofford would rattle off 16 unanswered points, on fast breaks and balanced scoring from McDavid, Tomlin, Wanink, Booker, Green, and Lutz, to take a 16-5 lead by the 2:08 mark in the first quarter. A Western Carolina layup would then end the first quarter at 16-7.
Wanink would go on and start the second quarter with her own 7-0 run two minutes in to give the Terriers their first double-digit lead of the night, 24-9. The Catamounts would then retaliate with their own 7-0 run, behind five points from Tess Harris, to cut the deficit to eight (24-16) by the 6:58 mark of the quarter. Wanink continued to pace the Terriers, with 17 points in the period, in addition to scores from Alexis Tomlin
, Marissa Bayer
, and Da'Ja Green
, as Green would find Jackie Carman
for a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to end the first half with their largest lead, 46-25.
30 of the Terriers' 46 points in the first half came from inside the paint, as Wofford shot 55.3 percent (21-38 FG, 3-8 3FG) from the floor behind Wanink's 19 first half points. Wofford had held the Catamounts to just 10-of-35 (28.6%) shooting in the first half, while also holding the edge in rebounds, 23-18.
The Terriers came out the intermission with the same mindset, as buckets from Bayer, Wanink, and McDavid would extend the score to 59-32 by the midway point of the period. Wanink continued her heroics with 13 points throughout the frame, though, Jackie Carman
would end the quarter with five consecutive points to again give the Terriers its largest lead of the night, 76-41, by the end of the quarter.
Both teams would go on to exchange buckets, though, the fourth quarter was essentially all Chloe Wanink
. In addition to a pair of baskets from Alexis Tomlin
and a Jackie Carman
three, Wanink would lead the way scoring six points in the quarter before finishing with her milestone 40th
point of the night on a driving layup with 2:50 left. The Terriers would then hold on to stay undefeated at home with the 91-65 win at the buzzer.
Wofford was lights out for the contest, going 40-for-80 (50%) from the floor, including 8-of-18 (44.4%) from beyond the arc. The Terriers tallied 26 assists as a team, while forcing 15 Western Carolina turnovers on the night. Wofford also took the advantage in rebounds over Western Carolina, 42-33.
"You always want to win your home games, but to start out 1-0 in the conference is pretty big for us," said Garrity. "The way we shared the ball and played in transition, at the end of the day, we just let them play basketball."
Next, the Terriers will welcome UNCG to Richardson Indoor Stadium on Saturday, January 12 for a 2 p.m. start time.