By Madison Reed, Women’s Basketball Beat Writer—
Women’s basketball hosted the University of Tennessee at Martin, falling to the Skyhawks 81-79 in the fourth quarter making the Mocs 4-4.
The Mocs had the lead in the game up until UTM’s Emanye Robertson went on a hot streak in the last seconds. Robertson made a layup with 5 seconds left, and then turned right around and scored the buzzer beater.
“They had been playing a 1-3-1 on the sideline,” Head coach Katie Burrows said regarding the turnover with 4 seconds left in the game. “But that possession they went man-to-man, and that still was fine with the setup we were in.” I was trying to get Eboni [Williams] to get to the rim and we were looking for her to get the ball by the rim and go up strong. She just didn’t go to the rim. Relying on a freshman is a risk, but she will learn from that. She won’t make that mistake again. We’ll look at it again and I’ll tell her this is why we did it. I’m disappointed we didn’t get a look on that and we turned it over. But you live and you learn and get better from it.”
This was not the only turnover the Mocs had; they had twenty-three turnovers.
“I think with their pressure, it was our mistakes and not so much of the pressure they were bringing.” Junior Lakelyn Bouldin, Spencer, Tenn., said. “Majority, if not all, were on us so we have to tighten up in that aspect. We just didn’t execute like we need to. We have to use this as motivation and take it one game at a time. Moving forward, yes we will learn from this game, but we can’t dwell on it. We have to learn from this game and apply it to UCF.”
Bouldin came into this game as the CSM SoCon Player of the week. Bouldin has been a big time scorer for the Mocs. The defense may be struggling but Bouldin’s shots are not. Over the weekend she scored her season high of 23. After the game against the Billikens—the only player to average double digit points a game–Bouldin moved into the Chattanooga’s top 10 for 3 pointers with 139 for her career.
The Mocs travel to Orlando this Friday to take on the UCF Knights.