UTC women rally but fall short at UNCG, 53-49
GREENSBORO, N.C. (GoMocs.com) --- The Chattanooga women's basketball team fell 53-49 to UNCG Thursday night in Southern Conference action at Fleming Gym. UTC is now 12-16 overall and 7-6 in conference play while the Spartans move to 11-17 on the year and 5-8 against the league.
Chattanooga outscored the Spartans 17-11 in the final frame, but couldn't overcome a 12-point deficit late in the third quarter.
With 19.7 seconds to play, Lakelyn Bouldin connected on a 3-pointer from the corner, capping off a 15-6 Chattanooga run to make it a 52-49 game and drew a foul. Her free throw bounced off the rim and the Spartans couldn't get a handle on it, knocking it out of bounds and UTC had a chance with 17 seconds on the clock.
Their only chance, however, was a 3-pointer that went long and the Mocs had to foul to stop the clock. That put Te'Ja Twitty on the line for UNCG. She made one of her two attempts, stretching the lead to four to put it almost out of reach. The Mocs final attempt wasn't enough.
Bouldin led the Mocs with 17 points, making 4-of-6 from long range. Mya Long added nine points in the effort and Arianne Whitaker had seven rebounds, six blocked shots and four steals. Chattanooga was 19-of-57 for the game and 8-of-18 (44.4%) from the 3-point line and had just four free throw attempts in the game.
The first quarter started slow for both team with neither able to connect until the Spartans' Nadine Soliman made a layup with 6:54 to play in the period. Chattanooga was 2-for-10 with Bouldin hitting a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to close the first.
The Mocs pulled to within a pair twice in the second quarter but went into intermission down 21-17. The two teams played the second half even with UNCG outscoring UTC 21-15 in the third and the Mocs getting the advantage 17-11 in the fourth.
The Spartans had four in double figures led by Twitty with a game-high 19 points. Aja Boyd and Soliman added 11 each and Cece Crudup had 10 points on the night. Thirteen of Twitty's points came in the second half with nine in the fourth. She had a double-double with a game-best 11 rebounds and added two blocked shots while playing nearly the entire game.
UNCG dominated the paint 34-16 and Chattanooga's bench, led by Long, outscored the Spartans 21-2. After turning the ball over 13 times in the first half, the Mocs had just four in the second. UNCG scored 15 points off the Mocs turnovers and UTC had 14 points on 16 Spartan miscues.
"We've got to do a better job feeding out posts," Burrows said. "I felt like we kept shying away from Air [Arianne Whitaker]. I felt like we should have been able to isolate her more."
On the boards, UNCG held the advantage 43-34. Chattanooga converted nine offensive rebounds into 13 points while the Sparts scored 14 on 14 offensive boads.