By Abe Avila, Staff Writer—
On Thursday, Jan. 16, the 2-14 UTC women’s team took on Wofford at home, but it the game quickly turned into the Bria Dial show as the Murfreesboro, Tenn. native had a career high and team best 23-points.
The Mocs jumped off to a quick 9-0 lead. The game remained closely contested in the second quarter as the Mocs jumped ahead to a 15 point lead, only to lead by 4 (36-31) at halftime.
The game was tied up at 37 in the third before the Mocs regained the lead with a 14-2 run going up 50-39 with five minutes left in the third. Wofford responded, outscoring Chattanooga 15-7 over the next 4:45 and trailed UTC 57-54 with 10 minutes to play.
The fourth quarter was a nail-biter. UTC pushed its lead to 78-69 with 53 seconds to play with four straight free throws, but the Terriers responded with a Cairo Booker lay up with 48 seconds on the clock and forced a turnover 27 seconds later. A pair of UTC fouls, including one of a 3-point try, kept the ball in Wofford’s hands. With fouls and free throws, UTC was able to hold on to a 80-76 win.
Dial went 7-7 from the field, 5-5 from three and 4-4 from the FT line. She ties six others for second-most field goals without a miss. The last was Abby Cornelius vs. Samford on Jan. 26, 2019. The school-record is Susan Lance 9-9 vs. Appalachian State on Feb. 22, 1987.
UTC’s win was partially due to the perfect performance put together by Bria, but she wasn’t the only one putting up impressive numbers. Sophomore Eboni Williams, Hoover, Ala., had a double-double with 15 points and 15 boards; A game high and career high in rebounds.
Sophomore Abby Cornelius, Knoxville, Tenn., had 16 points on 5-8 shooting, 1-2 from three and 5-6 from the FT line tying a career-mark for attempts made.
Head Coach Katie Burrows was proud of her teams fight throughout the contest.
“Finish strong and get stops when we need them,” said Burrows. “Fortunately, we were able to shoot the ball well enough and have a little bit of a buffer. We came out in the second half and lost that lead for a second before getting it back. I’m just super proud of our girls, especially when things weren’t going our way. We were still able to get some stops. I just can’t say enough about the fight of this team.”
With this win, UTC improved to 3-14 overall and 2-1 against the SoCon. The Terriers are 8-10 on the year and 1-2 in league play.