By Jackson Sparks, Assistant Sports Editor
The Mocs women’s basketball team forced 20 turnovers on Thursday at Furman as they bested the Paladins 69-63.
This was a hard-fought and balanced effort for the Mocs as four players scored in double figures. Abby Cornelius, Knoxville, Tenn., and Lakelyn Bouldin, Spencer, Tenn., led the way with 16 and 15 points respectively. Cornelius was impressively efficient, shooting 71 percent from the floor.
The match-up kicked off with an unusual start as Bouldin nailed two technical free-throws due to a malfunction with the shot clock. Chattanooga head coach Katie Burrows sure was not complaining.
“We shot the two and then still tipped like nothing had happened,” said Burrows. “It was nice to get those two free points.”
Despite Furman netting 23 free throws at a 92 percent clip, Chattanooga led wire to wire with a dominant showing up until the fourth quarter. They led 55-39 as the final stanza began.
Furman caught on fire and outscored the Mocs 24-14 in quarter four, shooting 60 percent from the field and dominating the offensive glass. Burrows was displeased with the efforts on the boards.
“We did not do a good job of keeping them off the boards. They did not shoot it very well, so they were crashing hard every time,” said Burrows. “That is a little frustrating and we are going to have to box out much better if we are going to be successful.”
Despite the Paladin’s late comeback efforts, the Mocs were able to do enough to finish the game and improve to 6-4 in conference play and Burrows chalked the win up to selfless basketball on the offensive side.
“We shared the ball really well. Nakeia (Burks, Huntsville, Ala.) had seven assists and we had four in double figures,” said Burrows. “When you have several people connecting like they are and contributing like they are, it is really tough for the opposing team to guard that. I am thankful that we are spreading the love on the offensive end.”
The women in blue and gold continue to impress in SoCon play and look to continue to improve as the season steers toward March.