UTC Women silenced by San Diego St., 71-54
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (gomocs.com) --- The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women’s basketball team fell 71-54 to South Dakota State Tuesday night at the McKenzie Arena in the first meeting between the two programs. The Mocs fall to 4-6 on the year and the Jackrabbits add another to the win column to improve to 5-3 overall.
Lakelyn Bouldin led all scorers with 18 points, making 4-of-6 from the 3-point line and was 7-for-13 from the field. Mya Long was a point shy of her season-best with 12 points. She was 4-of-5 from the free throw line and 2-of-5 from beyond the arc.
“I thought Mya really stepped up tonight and did some really good things,” Chattanooga head coach Katie Burrows said. “Lakelyn does a lot of good things for us too. She's putting up numbers. We have to have some folks take some pressure off Lakelyn so she can breathe.”
The Mocs started the game 0-6 from the field and had four turnovers that resulted in a 10-0 lead for South Dakota State. However, UTC would respond, allowing the Jackrabbits just two points over the next 2:27 and cut the lead to 12-6.
"We started with four turnovers very early,” Burrows said. “We can't do that and be successful. And that's what I keep telling them, we can't dig holes like that and get out of it. It's a frustrating thing standing on the sideline, you feel so helpless.”
South Dakota State built its lead to double figures, but Chattanooga would continue to chip away and get as close as 39-33 in the third quarter following a 9-0 run, but the Jackrabbits pushed and ended with its largest lead of the game.
UTC was 18-of-54 from the field and made 7-of-18 from deep. The bright spot on the stat sheet was free throw shooting. The Mocs put up their second-best effort on the year making 11-of-14 (78.6%) from the charity stripe. Brooke Burns was 4-of-5 from the line with six points.
Macy Miller was 4-of-4 from the 3-point line and led four Jackrabbits in double figures with 17 points. Paiton Burckhard was 6-for-7 from the field with 12 points and a game-high seven rebounds. Myah Selland and Madison Buebert each added 11 points in the win.
The Mocs scored 15 points off 20 turnovers and after turning the ball over 12 times in the first half, had just four in the second. Chattanooga’s bench added 25 points compared to SDSU’s 18 from its reserves, but South Dakota State outscored the Mocs 36-18 in the paint.
Chattanooga will have more than a few days to prepare for its next contest while settling in for exams over the next week. UTC flies out to Greeley, Colo., to take on another first-time opponent, Northern Colorado on Thursday, Dec. 13. Follow all the action online at GoMocs.com.