UTC women win their 7th in their past 8 games to get back to 11-11
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga freshman Eboni Williams posted her fourth double-double of the year to lead the Mocs to a 64-54 win over UNCG in Southern Conference women’s basketball action Saturday afternoon at the McKenzie Arena.
Williams led all scorers with a career-high 27 points to go along with a career-best 13 rebounds. She was 9-of-16 from the field with three long range bombs and 6-of-7 from the free throw line. She had nine points in the first half and dropped nine in each quarter of the second.
The Mocs used a late fourth quarter 14-3 run, anchored by Williams’ nine points in the period, to pull away from the Spartans. Chattanooga improves to 11-11 overall and 6-1 at the midway point of the Southern Conference schedule.
After getting down by 10 points in the first quarter, the Mocs fought back with a 16-6 run, bookended by free throws, to tie the game 18-18 at the 5:06 mark of the second. UNCG’s Aja Boyd scored the next six points to push the Spartan lead to 24-18. Shelbie Davenport drained a 3-pointer from the corner to cut that to 24-21 at the half.
The third quarter was the push the Mocs needed to take control of the game, outscoring UNCG 25-16 and never trailed again.
Lakely Bouldin drained the second of her four 3-pointers to tie the game at 24-24 at the start of the third period. The two teams traded buckets for the third tie of the game at 26-26 less than a minute later, but it would be a layup by Rochelle Lee to put Chattanooga out front for good. The Spartans would get as close as one point twice more, but never pass UTC.
UNCG made a push early in the fourth quarter and a 3-pointer from Cece Crudup at the 4:23 mark kept the game tight at 50-49.
Williams drove to the bucket and her layup sparked the 14-3 run that she capped off with four straight free throws for the Mocs’ largest lead of the game, 64-52 with 14 seconds to play.
Bouldin passed Jan Cameron (1990-94) for sixth place on the Mocs’ all-time charts for 3-pointers made with 164 for her career. She is poised to become the 29th member of Chattanooga’s 1,000-point club with 973 for her career. She was 4-of-12 in the game with all four coming from long range. She added four rebounds and three assists.
Chattanooga’s bench outscored the Spartan reserves 43-3 and UNCG outscored the Mocs 36-26 in the paint. Molly Melton dished out four of the Mocs’ 14 assists and UTC had six blocked shots, two from Williams and Arianne Whitaker each.
The Mocs were 23-of-54 (42.6%) for the game, making 57.1 percent (16-of-28) in the second half. Chattanooga was 9-of-22 from the 3-point line, second most this season, and 9-of-13 at the charity stripe.
UNCG was 23-of-56 for the game and made 3-of-14 from the arc while connecting on 5-of-7 from the free throw line. Nadine Soliman started the game with 10 first quarter points and 13 in the opening half, had just four the rest of the way for a team-high 17 points. Boyd had 12 points and a team-best eight rebounds and two blocked shots while Te’Ja Twitty added 12 points of her own with seven boards. Crudup was the fourth Spartan in double figures with 10 points.
Chattanooga will hit the road to face ETSU Saturday, February 9 in Johnson City, Tenn., at Brooks Gym. The game is set to tip off at 2 p.m. Follow all the action online at GoMocs.com.