Mocs ladies fight, but fall short to Alabama, 80-64

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (UTC Athletics) — Chattanooga’s Abbey Cornelius matched her career-high with a double-double Sunday afternoon at The McKenzie Arena in the Mocs 80-64 loss to Alabama in women’s basketball action.

Cornelius dropped in a team-best 22 points and snared 10 rebounds for her second double-dip of the year. She added four assists in the game and had one block.

“Abbey is doing all she can,” Chattanooga head coach Katie Burrows said. “There were a couple of times whe could’ve finished more with the rock today and she knows that. She is our most disciplined defender and offensively is getting things done in a lot of different ways.”

The Mocs matched the Tide throughout the first half, tying the game nine times and taking a 27-23 lead on a 6-0 run by Amaria Pugh who scored a season-high 12 points. The scored bounced back and forth a few times the rest of the quarter and the two teams went into the locker room deadlocked at 33-33.

“We were patient with our offense,” Burrows said. “We weren’t forcing things and we weren’t turning it over.”

Chattanooga retook the lead to start the second half behind Cornelius and Pugh, getting out front 37-33. However, Alabama went on a 10-2 run, edging past the Mocs 43-39 with 5:32 to go in the frame. Sigrun Olafsdottir hit a layup to make it a 43-41 game at the 4:04 mark, but the Tide took control of the game with its longest run of the game, 12-0 and led 55-41 with 1:07 to go in the third.

“Alabama went into a zone and changed up their defense in the second half,” Burrows said. “They made some really big adjustments in the second and our kids were not prepared for that initially. It took a few minutes for them to get used to it and once they did, we got quality looks.”

The fourth quarter saw the Mocs respond with a 21-point effort fueled by 10 points from Cornelius.

Dena Jarrells was 3-of-6 from range and was the third UTC player in double figures with 11 points. Chattanooga shot 48 percent in the first half and was 21-of-57 for the game and 5-for 18 from the 3-point line.

JaMya Mingo-Young had a game-high 26 points and 11 rebounds. She was 9-of-15 from the field and was 8-of-9 at the charity stripe. Khyla Wade-Warren was the only other Tide player in double figures with 11 points. Alabama was 29-of-61 for the game with three 3-pointers and made 19-of-26 from the stripe.

The Mocs had a season-low tying 11 miscues that turned into 21 points for Alabama while the Mocs scored 11 of 10 Tide errors. The Tide won the battle of the boards 42-31 and scored 16 second chance points on 13 offensive rebounds. The Mocs had 11 points on nine boards on the offensive end.

“We took care of the ball, got off to a good start, now we are making runs,” Burrows said. “We just don’t have that one dagger.”

The Mocs will hit the road for a late morning game Thursday at Eastern Kentucky. The game is set to tip off at 11:00 a.m. with an Education Day theme. Follow all the action online and on the go at

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