By Jay McDaniel, Assistant Sports Editor—
The Mocs dropped their second game on Friday against one of the top teams in the NCAA, the Louisville Cardinals, 75-49, bringing their overall record to 1-1.
The Mocs came out with a strong looking defense in the opening two quarters, only trailing by 7 at halftime, but the third quarter proved to be UTC’s downfall as they scored only 10 points compared to Louisville’s 30. Their strong efforts down the stretch couldn’t pull them out of the hole they were in.
“That third quarter really hurt us,” said Head Coach Katie Burrows. “Giving up 30 in one quarter, you can’t do that. We can’t get too tight coming out of half time especially with a team like that. They’re going to come out and be ready to go and you can’t relax. We relaxed, so it burned us.”
Lakelyn Bouldin, Spencer, Tenn., led the Mocs in the game with 11 points, also racking up two rebounds and two steals.
Shelbie Davenport, Murfreesboro, led the Mocs in boards with six against the Cardinals.
Freshman Eboni Williams, Hoover, Alabama, also found herself scoring seven points while earning five rebounds and two assists.
Louisville, currently ranked number five in the nation, scored 24 points off of a fast-break while the Mocs were held to zero.
The pressure of facing a top team in the nation is something that a lot of players don’t get to feel in their college careers, but it wasn’t too much for the Mocs to handle.
“I definitely think it’s going to help us out in the long run when we face bigger teams like NC State in December,” said Bouldin about the pressure that comes with facing such a strong team. “Also, making a run and helping us finish in the SoCon Tournament and the NCAA Tournament. It’s going to help us out with that.”
The Mocs take off next week for two games that are out of town. They face off against Hampton on Nov. 16 in Hampton, Va. The Mocs will return home on Nov. 21 to host the Liberty Flames.