Chattanooga women stumble in fourth quarter to Georgia State

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (UTC Athletics) — After shooting over 50 percent for more than three-quarters of the game, the Mocs were just 2-of-13 from the field in the fourth quarter, falling 77-66 to the Georgia State Panthers Saturday afternoon at The McKenzie Arena.

The Mocs took the lead in the first quarter and held on to it through halftime before the Panther defense stepped up to retake the advantage late in the third.

“We were patient with the ball, we were moving it,” Mocs head coach Katie Burrows said of her team’s first-half efforts. “They go to zone and we looked like we’d never seen it before. We didn’t move the ball, we weren’t patient with it, trying to force stuff initially.”

The Mocs gave up eight turnovers in the final quarter and 20 for the game that resulted in 20 Panther points while UTC converted 11 Georgia State miscues into eight points.

“There’s no excuse for turnovers,” Burrows said. “We harp on it and do well in practice. We get out here and don’t take care of it.”

Georgia State drained a pair of 3-pointers to start the game and led 6-2 with just over a minute-and-a-half gone in the game. After shaking off the Thanksgiving turkey, the Mocs battled Georgia State and led 21-19 after the opening frame.

Chattanooga stretched its lead to 37-33 at the half, shooting 53.3 percent to that point and had just seven miscues. However, the Mocs were without a 3-pointer in the opening half, going 0-of-8 from deep.

The second half saw the Panthers come out pressing the ball, but UTC was still able to connect, making 8-of-14 from the field and Dena Jarrells dropped in a 3-pointer, but the Mocs trailed by two heading into the fourth.

In the fourth, the Mocs pulled to within a point, 62-61 at the 5:18 mark on Jarrell’s second 3-pointer of the game, but the Panthers answered with one of their own and outscored the Mocs 15-5 down the stretch.

The Mocs were 26-of-57 for the game (45.6%) and just 2-of-22 from the 3-point line while making 12-of-15 from the charity stripe. Chattanooga outrebounded the Panthers 37-31 and both teams scored nine second chance points. The Mocs outscored Georgia State 42-36 in the paint with multiple back-door opportunities.

Sigrun Olafsdottir led Chattanooga with 13 points and grabbed a season-best six rebounds. Jarrells dropped in 12 points with three assists and a pair of steals.

Abbey Cornelius became the fourth Moc in program history to hit the century mark for blocked shots getting two in the game for 101 over her career. She just missed a double-double with nine points, 14 rebounds and a season-best five assists.

Georgia State shot 45.5 percent overall and was 7-of-21 from the 3-point line. Taniyah Worth led all scorers with 16 points, making 6-of-9 from the field with a trio of 3-pointers and a team-best six rebounds. Taylor Henderson had 15 points for GSU and Ashley Foster was the third Panther in double digits with 10 points.

The Mocs hit the road for back-to-back contests against UAB in Birmingham on Monday and at Vanderbilt Tuesday. Monday’s contest will tip off at 7:00 p.m. Eastern time. Follow all the action online at GoMocs.com.

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