UTC Women Enjoy Biggest Offensive Outing of the Year in Beating Wofford 89-82
(gomocs.com) CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women’s basketball team put up big numbers Thursday night at the McKenzie Arena, defeating Wofford 89-82 in Southern Conference action. The Mocs improve to 7-10 on the year and 2-0 in league play and handed Wofford its first loss in SoCon action as the Terriers fall to 10-8 overall and 2-1 against the conference.
“Thankfully we were sharing the ball. We were getting to the foul line. We were hitting shots, because our defense wasn’t there. This was a shootout,” Chattanooga head coach Katie Burrows said of her team’s season-high scoring effort. “If people were looking for defense, this was the wrong gym.”
Junior Lakelyn Bouldin led all scorers with 26 points and a career-high 12 rebounds for her first career double-double. She played all 40 minutes and dished out five assists. Bouldin was 11-of-23 from the field and 4-of-7 from the 3-point line.
“We look to Lakelyn because she has a lot of stuff to her game,” Burrows said. “Eboni played 33 minutes
Freshman Eboni Williams just missed a double-double with a career-best 19 points and nine rebounds in 33 minutes. She was 7-of-15 from the floor and 2-of-5 from the 3-point line. Sophomore Brooke Burns was 6-of-9 from the field and made both of her 3-point attempts for a season-high tying 16 points with four rebounds and handed out a career-best seven assists.
The Mocs saw their largest lead of the game at the start of the fourth quarter on a put back layup by Bria Dial off an offensive rebound to make it 75-65 with 9:23 to play. The Terriers then went on a 10-2 run to cut it to 77-75 at the 5:47 mark.
The teams traded points over the next 3:15 with Wofford cutting Chattanooga’s advantage to 83-82 with 1:32 remaining. It would be all Mocs for the final seconds. Bouldin got her own rebound on a miss and put back the shot to stretch the tenuous lead to 85-82. Wofford was 0-of-5 in the last 1:13 of play while UTC added four more points to its lead.
Wofford outscored UTC 7-2 at the start for its largest lead of the game. Chattanooga responded with a 12-0 run to get out front 14-7 and led 23-16 at the end of the first quarter. The Mocs held on to their lead at the half, but Wofford outscored UTC 23-20 in the second frame, cutting the advantage to four points, 43-39.
The game remained close over the final two quarters with UTC edging out Wofford. The Terriers outscored UTC 40-32 in the paint and 18-7 on fast break points while the Mocs’ bench, led by Williams’ 19 points, outscored the Terriers 32-15.
The Mocs out rebounded Wofford 47-38 and committed a season-low 11 turnovers. Mya Long added nine points off the bench and was 3-of-3 from the free throw line after getting fouled on a 3-point try.
The Mocs made a season-best 10 3-pointers and was 35-of-76 (46.1%) from the field. Eighty-nine points is the most UTC has scored since a 91-70 win over Davidson on February 2, 2011 at the Roundhouse. The last time the Mocs attempted 70 or more shots was against Davidson in the Southern Conference Tournament on March 11, 2013.
Wofford put four in double figures with Jamari McDavid and Chloe Wanink each getting a team-best 18 points. Wanink was 7-of-17 from the field with a pair of 3-pointers and grabbed five rebounds. McDavid was a rebound shy of a double-double with nine boards and was 5-of-7 from the free throw line.
Cairo Booker added 16 points, four rebounds and three assists and Da’Ja Green chipped in 13 points for the Terriers with a team-best five assists and five rebounds. The Terriers shot 44.3 percent (31-of-70) from the field and was 6-of-17 from the 3-point line.