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WCU’s Vonterius Woolbright Collects Second SoCon Weekly Honor

By Daniel Hooker

Assistant Athletic Director for Media Relations


Western Carolina senior guard Vonterius Woolbright was named the Southern Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week today for games played Nov. 27 through Dec. 3. Woolbright averaged a double-double last week, posting a league-best 28.5 points per game average and pulled down an average of 15 rebounds per game.

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Woolbright, the SoCon’s Preseason Player of the Year, becomes the first player in the league to receive multiple weekly plaudits from the league office this season with his second career honor. The Albany, Ga., product earned both his and the conference’s first weekly award back on Nov. 13.

The SoCon's weekly award winners are selected by the conference office from nominations submitted by the sports information or media relations personnel at each institution.

As a part of consecutive double-double efforts last week, Woolbright posted back-to-back 20-plus point performances including 22 points in the road win at Tennessee Tech and a career-high 35 points last Saturday at Gardner-Webb, the most points scored by an individual in the SoCon to date this season. He added a career-best 16 rebounds at Tech and boarded 14 misses against the Runnin’ Bulldogs, while adding 2.5 assists per game. The Albany, Ga., product finished 56 percent from the floor in pacing the Catamount offense.

On the season, Woolbright has scored in double figures in all seven games including four 20-or-more point performances. He paces the SoCon with five double-doubles – tied for fourth nationally – that includes five double-digit rebounding outings.

Woolbright enters the week leading the Southern Conference in both scoring (21.7 ppg) and rebounding (11.9 rpg), while also ranking third in the league in assists with 4.7 helpers per game. He ranks 14th nationally in overall scoring and tied for second in the NCAA in rebounding which includes ranking second in defensive rebounding with 10.14 boards per contest.

Western Carolina (6-1) looks to bounce back from its first defeat of the season as it visits the High Point Panthers (6-3) on Tuesday, Dec. 5, to conclude a three-game nonconference road swing. The game is the second of four-consecutive against opponents from the Big South Conference. Tip-off from the 4,500-seat on-campus Qubein Center is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday’s game will be broadcast on ESPN+ (paid subscription required) with live streaming audio from the Catamount Sports Network and live stats available online at CatamountSports.com.

Also on Tuesday, Catamount fans are invited to a special Catamount Alumni Central Pregame Party scheduled beginning at 5 p.m. at the Claddagh Irish Pub (130 E. Parris Ave., High Point). Click HERE to RSVP.

WCU’s next home game is Saturday, Dec., 9, as the Catamounts host mountain-rival UNC Asheville in a hoops doubleheader with the men playing at 4 p.m., followed by the women’s tilt at 7 p.m. Former Catamount standout and 12-year NBA veteran Kevin Martin will see his WCU No. 32 honored on Saturday in a special ceremony as it is raised to the rafters above Ingles Court at the Ramsey Center. Tickets for Saturday’s doubleheader are available through the WCU Athletics Ticket Office, located on the first floor of the Ramsey Center, by phone at (828) 2272-401, or online at CatamountSports.com/BuyTickets.

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