The Mocs Women’s basketball team fell short against the Mercer Bears, but never quit until the final buzzer.

The Mocs found themselves down 35-16 as halftime arrived which led to a frustrated Katie Burrows, Chattanooga’s head coach.

“I don’t know where that fire was in the first half,” Burrows said. “It is discouraging that I have to try to press in order to get that fire out of us. We looked pretty darn good with it. It’s just a shame that we dug ourselves that big of a hole in the first half.”

However, Chattanooga dominated the third quarter, outscoring the Bears 22-7. At the start of the quarter, Abbey Cornelius, Knoxville, Tn., drew a foul and sank two free-throws to start a Mocs 12-0 run. Bria Dial, Murfreesboro, Tn., shot 4-4 in the quarter, including two 3-pointers. She tallied half of her team-high 20 points and led the charge to a potential comeback in the third. 

The teams traded buckets as Chattanooga came close to evening things up on several occasions.

“When you are scoring points, you put more pressure on them on the other end,” Burrows said. “They start to tighten up and that is what happened in the second half. Normally, we get a good start. This time we didn’t.”

The slow start ended up proving detrimental as the Mocs were outplayed in the final stanza, bringing the final score to 55-48 as the Mocs fall to even in the conference at 3-3.

Chattanooga returns to action in Johnson City against the ETSU Buccaneers in another SoCon bout next Saturday at 1 p.m.

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