UTC Women fall at home to UT Martin, 81-79
CHATTANOOGA, (GoMocs.com) -- UTM's Emanye Robertson drove the lane with 4.4 seconds remaining to tie the game 79-79 then hit a short jumper with 0.2 seconds in the game to give the Skyhawks the lead and the eventual win in a matchup that never saw a double-digit lead.
Chattanooga led for 33:46 of the game, but gave up a 7-0 run late in the fourth that saw the Skyhawks move ahead for the first time since the first quarter. UTM's coach Kevin McMillan was assessed a technical and Lakelyn Bouldindrained both free throws to put Chattanooga up 70-64.
The Mocs next two possessions resulted in turnovers and a layup by Aundrea Adams. A missed jumper by UTC and a foul on the rebound send Adams to the line again to make it 70-68 after she hit both free throws. Chattanooga missed a jumper and four free throws over the next minute of play and Chelsey Perry's 3-pointer with 5:39 to play, gave the Skyhawks a 71-70 edge.
The lead changed hands on the next three possessions then Arianne Whitaker converted an old-fashioned 3-point play to give Chattanooga a little breathing room, 77-73 with 2:05 to play.
UT Martin responded with a 4-0 run to tie it up 77-77 with 46 seconds to play. Bouldin drained both free throws to give the Mocs a 79-77 lead with 28 seconds remaining. On the ensuing inbounds play for the Skyhawks, Robertson got the pass on the far side and drove the left side of the lane for the lay-in, tying it 79-79 with 4.4 seconds on the clock.
Chattanooga called time to advance the ball and set up the final play. However, an unfortunate turnover gave the ball back to UTM who advanced the ball. An inbound pass to Robertson and a pull up jumper in the lane put Martin ahead by two with just .2 seconds on the clock.
The Mocs' effort fell short at the buzzer and UTM snapped a UTC four-game win streak against the Skyhawks.
Chattanooga was 23-of-47 from the field for its best offensive performance of the year and 7-of-16 from the 3-point line. UTM outshot Chattanooga 46-28 in the paint and scored 32 points off a season-high 23 turnovers by UTC. The Mocs outrebounded the Skyhawks 37-33 and had 17 assists.
Freshman Morgan Hill led four Mocs in double figures with a career-high 15 points, making 3-of-6 from the 3-point line. Bouldin was 8-of-8 from the free throw line for 14 points. She had a season-high seven rebounds and a career-high seven assists. Brooke Burns added 11 points in 35 minutes on the floor and Arianne Whitaker was 4-of-4 on the night with 10 points, five rebounds and two blocked shots.
The Skyhawks improve to 5-2 overall. Damiah Griffin led all scorers with 17 points before fouling out. Adams was the only other UTM player in double figures with 11 points, making 5-of-5 from the free throw line. Martin was 32-of-71 from the field and 6-of-15 from the arc. UTM was assessed 29 fouls including the technical on the head coach and three players fouled out of the contest.
The Mocs even their record at 4-4 and hit the road immediately to take on UCF Friday in Orlando. The game was moved up to 5:00 p.m. to accommodate an NCAA Tournament volleyball game that evening.
Larry Ward will have the call live on Real 96.1 FM and streaming video will be available online along with live stats at GoMocs.com.