By Keshun Gentry, Staff Writer-
The Chattanooga Mocs women’s basketball team hosted the Samford Bulldogs for a two-game series in McKenzie Arena that began on Thursday. UTC split the series with the Bulldogs 1-1.
The Mocs fell short in the first game. They lost by a score of 71-60.
In the beginning, both teams were trading buckets, but three of Samford’s first four were from behind the arc. Due to this, Samford managed to gain a 21-10 lead early in the game.
A UTC timeout half way through the first quarter fared well for the Mocs. They came back on the court and outscored Samford 21-11 for the rest of the quarter and well into the second. Samford began to take control once again by going on a 10-0 run into the break leading 42-31 at the half.
UTC came out in the third with some intensity and went on a 10-0 run, however, the Bulldogs responded well and took control to get their fourth SoCon win to remain atop of the league standings. Andrea Cournoyer went on to score a game-high for Samford, while Abbey Cornelius scored 18 points and also added 15 rebounds for the Mocs.
“We had too many blown coverages when it got tight,” Coach Katie Burrows said. “I told them when things get tight, that’s when you have to gel even more. There are certain things that can’t happen when you are trying to dig yourself out of a hole. You don’t have that margin for error. That killed us, giving them second opportunities.”
The Lady Mocs responded well in the next game Saturday night against Samford and pulled out a win 70-57 to tie the series. Eboni Williams put on a show for the Mocs with her second straight double-double with the help of Abbey Cornelius who had 16 points and 8 boards. The Mocs had 23 assists in the win on 31 makes and had a season low of 12 turnovers.
“When our team decides to be good, they’re pretty darn good. But that’s a decision they have to make every day they step in the gym” Burrow stated.
The Mocs next four games will be on the road; they play two games each against Mercer and Wofford.