By Abe Avila, Staff Writer—
On Saturday, Jan. 18, the Chattanooga Mocs Women’s basketball played host to a talented 12-5 Furman team.
The Mocs entered the contest at just 3-14, however with the home win against Wofford on Thursday, they looked to carry that moment over on Saturday.
This contest was close from start to finish. UTC played lock down defense for the duration of the second half holding Furman to just 16 points—8 in quarters three and four apiece. Turnovers were a major factor in the contest as each team turned the basketball over 19 times.
After the Mocs entered the fourth quarter with a 45-44 lead, Furman went on a 6-0 run to take the lead at 50-45. The Mocs ended going on an impressive 13-0 run to close out the game and beat Furman for their second straight home win in a row.
Senior guard NaKeia Burks, Huntsville, Ala., had her career high in points scoring 17 points shooting 6-10 from the field, 1-2 from three and 4-4 from the FT line. Senior Guard Lakelyn Bouldin, Spencer, Tenn., also had herself a night with 14 points on 3-6 shooting and 8-for-9 at the line.
Despite UTC’s overall record, the win puts them at 3-1 in SoCon play—something head coach Katie Burrows is impressed to see.
“We were struggling through non-conference play, which was a really tough schedule,
[but] fully prepared us for these type of moments,” said Burrows. “We’ve been in the toughest situations. We struggled every day and when we came out of that with a clean slate, we asked what are we going to do about it. I can’t express how pumped I am for these kids They could have quit early on, but they have that grit about them.”
UTC hopes to continue this win streak as they head to Birmingham Alabama to take on Southern Conference rival Samford on Thursday, January 23rd at 7:00.