Mocs pull away in 2nd half in win over Saint Louis in Cavalier Classic
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga junior Lakelyn Bouldin was 5-of-6 from the 3-point line Saturday afternoon at John Paul Jones Arena to lead the Mocs past Saint Louis 71-61 on Day One of the Cavalier Classic. UTC improved to 4-2 overall and Saint Louis falls to 1-4.
Bouldin led all scorers with a season-best 23 points making 8-of-14 from the field and draining the bucket with five 3-pointers, one shy of her best effort. She gave Chattanooga its first lead of the game with a trey less than two minutes into the game and scored the Mocs' first seven points of the game.
Sophomore Brooke Bouldin scored a season-best 16 points in the game, scoring in double figures for the second time this season. She was 5-of-8 from the field and hit both 3-pointers and was 4-of-4 from the free throw line. Eboni Williams had a team-best eight rebounds with seven points and Arianne Whitaker had seven points and two blocked shots.
The Mocs were 25-of-59 (42.4%) for the game and 8-of-18 from the 3-point line while struggling from the charity stripe making just 59.1 percent (13-22).
After UTC got off to a 7-4 start, Saint Louis outscored UTC 8-1 to take a 12-8 lead midway through the first quarter. The Mocs responded with a 14-0 run that started in the first and cross over into the first 2:27 of the second punctuated by a pair of monster 3-pointers from Bouldin to put the Mocs up 22-12 with 7:33 to play in the frame.
Saint Louis went on another run to get as close as 24-23 with four minutes to play in the half. Chattanooga regained control of the game and led 38-31 at halftime.
The Billikens scored five points in the first 2:21 of the third quarter getting as close as 42-36 on the Mocs, but Chattanooga tightened up and closed out the half on a 15-0 run, outscoring SLU 19-5 in the frame and led 57-36 heading into the final frame.
"We did a good job communicating and rotating," head coach Katie Burrows said. "But it always helps when we are hitting our shots. Look at Brooke and Lakelyn's stats. They were 7-of-8 from three and you can't get much better than that. We really shot the ball well, but we moved the ball."
Chattanooga pushed the lead to 24 in the fourth quarter, but Saint Louis would not go away and cut the Mocs' lead to 10 points for the final score on a 3-pointer from Chloe Rice.
Kendra Wilken had a team-best 14 points for Saint Louis. Myia Clark added 13 points on 3-of-7 from the 3-point line. Jordyn Frantz was 3-of-6 from long range with 11 points and Kerri McMahan had a team-best 10 rebounds and four assists.
The Mocs outrebounded the Billikens 42-33 and had 13 assists to a season-low 12 turnovers with six steals. Chattanooga forced 13 turnovers resulting in 12 points. The two teams matched in the paint with 28 points each while UTC's bench edged Saint Louis 39-35.
Burrows was able to clear the bench for the second straight game and got scoring from all but three in the game.
Chattanooga will take on Central Michigan Sunday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. at John Paul Jones Arena. The Chippewas are ranked second in the College Insider Mid-Major Top 25. Larry Ward will have the call live on Real 96.1 FM and live stats will be available online at GoMocs.com.