By Jackson Sparks, Staff Writer —
The Mocs women’s basketball team defeated Wofford 89-82 in a back and forth affair on Thursday night behind an outstanding offensive effort.
Right out of the gate, Lakelyn Bouldin, Spencer, Tenn., scored furiously with 12 points in the first quarter to put the Mocs up 23-16 at the end of one. Eboni Williams, Hoover, Ala., provided a crucial spark of energy off of the bench and was an x-factor with 11 points in the first half and a sweet spin move in the middle of the second quarter to announce her presence.
The tone of the game was set by how both teams battled on the board. The teams combined for 31 offensive rebounds There was no room for softness in this matchup.
The Mocs and Terriers continued to exchange blows and buckets in the second half. Neither team could seem to get a stop as the Mocs scored and allowed a season high in points.
“Our defense was not there, this was the wrong gym if you were looking for defense,” said Mocs Head Basketball Coach Katie Burrows, “thankfully we were sharing the ball.”
Every time Wofford would score or go on a run, the Mocs answered and continued to fight, including the Mocs’ bench who outscored Wofford’s 32-15. Bouldin recovered from her 2nd-quarter struggles from the field and rattled off 14 points in the second half.
Bouldin would make the difference with late-game heroics including a midrange jumper and an offensive rebound and put-back inside the final minutes. She then went on to seal the game with a steal inside 40 seconds, leading by three. She took over the game from start to finish and recorded her first career double-double, a career-high 26 points, and 12 rebounds, as well as five assists.
After a career game, Bouldin was just happy to get the win. “As long as we’re winning,” said Bouldin, “that’s all I care about.” She acknowledged that the defense must improve but the offense can continue to flourish. “We were playing team ball and trusting each other more than previous games.”
Coach Burrows was happy with the win and the execution of offense. “We took better care of the ball tonight,” said Burrows. The Mocs had a season low 11 turnovers. She said effort and grit were keys factors in the game and pointed out that Bouldin did much more than score. “She had five assists, it wasn’t just about her.”
The team was excited and relieved to win a hard-fought game but they know there are more battles to come. “We don’t get to enjoy this for long,” said Burrows. “Furman is coming.”
The Chattanooga Women’s basketball team is back in action at McKenzie Arena at 2 p.m. Saturday as Furman rolls into town.