The Chattanooga Mocs could not defend the home court against Murray State in a loss, 55-78, on Friday. The Mocs experienced offensive struggles despite productive play from Abbey Cornelius and Addie Porter.
There were only two lead changes between the two teams, which came within the first minutes of the first quarter. After that, the Racers of Murray State slowly outpaced Chattanooga with the help of multiple runs throughout the game.
Poor shooting from the 3-point line contributed to the loss, as the Mocs shot a mere 15.8% from three and 34.8% overall. So far this year, Chattanooga has not eclipsed 50% from the field. Under head coach Katie Burrows, the Mocs are 7-0 in games when they shoot above 50%.
Chattanooga also struggled in the rebounding column with only 26—Murray State totaled 44.
The Racers raced out to a 15-point lead at the conclusion of the first half. The lead was insurmountable for the Mocs and would slowly extend further throughout the second half.
Cornelius and Porter combined for 35 points, accounting for more than half of the points scored by the team. Cornelius was coming off a triple-double performance against Tennessee State. Porter was making her second career start in a Mocs uniform, and compiled a new career-high with 5 steals.
The Racers offense featured four players scoring double digits. Hannah McKay finished with a double-double with 10 defensive rebounds, 10 points, and five assists. As a team, Murray State shot 51.8% from the field, 58.3% from the 3-point line, and a stellar 92.9% from the free-throw line.
16 of Chattanooga’s 55 points came off of turnovers from Murray State. The Mocs forced the Racers to commit a total of 17 turnovers, an advantage compared to their 11 turnovers for the game.
The loss drops the Mocs to 1-3 on the season, 0-2 at home, as they seek to get back on track at Kennesaw State on Tuesday. Kennesaw State is also 1-3 and is reeling from a 20-point loss to No. 22 West Virginia, 58-78.