By Chris King, Sports Editor —
The UTC women’s basketball team opened the season with a 60-30 loss at Green Bay on Saturday afternoon at the Kress Events Center in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The 30 points scored is tied for the lowest point total since the Mocs lost 73-30 at No. 12 Stanford on Dec. 28, 2015.
Green Bay and UTC went back and forth to open the game as the Mocs trailed 16-12 with 2:17 left in the first quarter. Green Bay then went on a quick run to extend the lead to 21-13 at the end of the first quarter.
Green Bay continued their hot streak with a 16-2 run over the span of 7:50 in the second quarter. The Phoenix extended their lead to 32-14 before taking a 39-21 lead into halftime.
It was more of the same in the second half as the Phoenix held the Mocs to just nine points combined in both the third and fourth quarter.
The Mocs turned the ball over 24 times which resulted in 25 points for Green Bay. The Phoenix committed 16 turnovers which led to seven points for UTC. Green Bay outscored UTC 38-6 in the paint and 19-7 in bench points. UTC posted a very dismal shooting performance as the Mocs shot 12-for-45 from the field, 4-for-16 from three-point range and 2-for-6 from the free throw line.
The Mocs were led by senior Aryanna Gilbert, Pulaski, Tennessee, who posted 10 points, a game-high nine rebounds and three blocks. Senior Keiana Gilbert, Pulaski, Tennessee finished with three points, six rebounds and three assists. Sophomore Lakelyn Bouldin, Spencer, Tennessee, added eight points on 2-for-5 shooting from beyond the arc.
vs Central Florida
The women’s basketball fell 58-57 to the University of Central Florida (UCF) on Monday night at Maclellan Gym.
It was a back-and-forth contest between UTC and UCF as the game was tied at 15-15 after the first quarter of play. The Mocs were able to put together a 12-2 run in the second quarter to take a 27-17 lead with 2:54 left until halftime. UTC eventually took a 35-22 lead heading into halftime.
UCF opened the second half on a 10-0 run but the Mocs answered with a run of their own to extend the lead to 44-32. The Knight continued to slowly mount a comeback as UCF cut the lead down to 46-43 at the end of the third quarter.
UCF forced eight turnovers in the fourth quarter and regained the lead for the first time since the first quarter on a layup with 4:18 left to play. UCF and UTC traded baskets but the Knights ended up winning the game on a fast break layup with 34 seconds left to play.
The Mocs were led by Aryanna Gilbert who posted 12 points and six rebounds, Sophomore Lakelyn Bouldin added 12 points and senior Keiana Gilbert posted 11 points, six rebounds and four blocked shots.
The loss drops UTC to 0-2 on the season. The Mocs hit the road next as UTC travels to face off against Stetson on Wednesday night, tipoff is at 5 p.m. Then the Mocs return home to host Presbyterian at 11 a.m. on Saturday afternoon at McKenzie Arena.