By Madison Reed, Women’s Basketball Beat Writer—
The Mocs fell to an undefeated Virginia Tech squad 74-59 Monday night on the road to even out their early season record at 2-1.
It was not for the lack of shots taken, though, as both teams had 59 shots.
“I’m not sure why we are struggling in the first four games with our shooting.” Assistant coach Debbie Black said to GoMocs.com. “Zero for nine in the first half, and they went 5-10. That was sort of the tale of the first half. They are a great three-point shooting team and you have to make some shots against them.”
However, junior guard Lakelyn Bouldin, Spencer, Tenn., had a season high with 21 points on the night, making her the top scorer of the game, with Taylor Emery from Virginia Tech scoring only 20. This season, Bouldin is continuing to bring the heat; she was the only Mocs player to score double digits in the first 2 games of the season and has lead the team the past 4 games.
Not only did the Mocs have the same amount of opportunities to score at field goal range, they had nearly double the free throws. Only problem is that they made 14 with 60.9 percent, and the Hokies went 10-12 on free throws with 83.3 percent.
During the second half the team came out and started 3 freshmen. freshman forward Eboni Williams, Hoover, Al., is tied with Bouldin points on the team with an average of 9.7 a game. Freshman Guard Morgan Hill, Minneapolis, Minn. Is making a big impact on the team, having a team best of 55.6 shooting percentage and second best three-point field goal percentage.
“We started three freshmen in the second half and it is only going to make us stronger as a team.” Black said to GoMocs.com. “Competition can bring out the best in you. I am excited for that. They fought hard and we can’t be disappointed with that.”
Not getting shots is not the problem for Chattanooga, not making as many is. In their matchup with ranked #5 Louisville in the second game, Chattanooga actually had one more shot than Louisville.
The Mocs will host Liberty University Wednesday in McKenzie Arena before enjoying their Thanksgiving and heading out to Charlottesville, Va. to compete in the Cavalier Classic against St. Louis and Central Michigan over the weekend.