UTC Women Fall on the Road to Eastern Kentucky 60-55
(gomocs.com) RICHMOND, Ky. — The Chattanooga women’s basketball team fell 60-55 in a hotly contested battle at Eastern Kentucky Thursday morning in non-conference action. The Mocs fall to 1-9 overall and EKU improves to 3-4 on the year.
Chattanooga got off to a quick start with an 11-0 run over the first five minutes of the game fueled by six points from Brooke Hampel and three steals by Dena Jarrells. Chattanooga shot 53.3 percent in the first quarter and recorded six steals to lead 19-8 at the end of the period.
While the Mocs never trailed in the first half, the Colonels fought their way back into the game and outscored UTC 21-11 in the second, cutting the lead to 30-29 at the half.
Eastern Kentucky scored the first four points of the second quarter and cut the Mocs lead to single digits, 19-12 at the 6:32 mark. Jarrells second 3-pointer of the game at the 5:03 mark of the period pushed the Mocs lead back to double figures at 26-16.
The Colonels, however, kept Chattanooga at Bay with an 11-2 run make it a one-point lead for the Mocs, 28-27 with 1:43 remaining on the clock in the second. Hampel’s next shot stretched the lead back to three at 30-27, but EKU ended half with a pair of free throws to make it 30-29 at intermission.
The third period started with EKU outscoring UTC 7-0 to take its first lead of the game 36-30. Chattanooga battled the rest of the period and got to within a point, 42-41 on a pair of free throws from Addie Grace Porter.
Eastern Kentucky used a 9-2 run at the start of the fourth for its largest lead of the game, 55-45 with six minutes remaining.
Porter and Destiny McClendon combined for an 8-2 run by the Mocs, cutting the Colonel lead to four points, 57-53, with 3:33 to play. UTC got as close as three points 37 seconds later on a layup from Sigrun Olafsdottir, but that was the last the Mocs would score in the contest.
The tale of the game came at the free throw line, decidedly unbalanced. UTC was 5-of-11 while Eastern Kentucky made 17 of its 22 attempts.
Chattanooga had 14 turnovers in the game, its third fewest this season, that resulted in 18 points for the Colonels while UTC converted 16 EKU miscues into 14 points. The Mocs held their own in the paint, outscoring Eastern Kentucky 30-22 and got 18 points from the bench.
Jarrells closed out the game with a career-high five steals and dished out six assists to go along with her eight points. She dropped in two of the Mocs’ four 3-pointers in the game. McClendon scored a team-best 11 points and snared two steals of her own.
Hampel had 10 points for UTC with four rebounds while Abbey Cornelius had a team-high nine rebounds and seven points.
Chattanooga shot 39 percent for the game and was 4-of-24 from the 3-point line.
Eastern Kentucky’s Alice Recanati led all scorers with 20 points and Jayla Johnson recorded a double-double with 17 points and a game-best 12 rebounds. EKU shot 33.3 percent and was 5-of-18 from the arc.
The Mocs return to Chattanooga for a three-game home stand that begins Wednesday, December 15 against Cinicnnati.