Hampton too quick for Mocs in 84-55 win at McKenzie Arena
Chattanooga sophomore Abbey Cornelius had a career-night on the court Saturday afternoon but it wasn’t enough for the Mocs who fell 84-55 to Hampton in non-conference women’s basketball action at the McKenzie Arena.
Cornelius had a career-best 22 points and was 10-of-14 from the field with a pair of 3-pointers. She matched her season-best for rebounds with seven and five came on the defensive end. Fellow sophomore Eboni Williams also hit a pair from long range and was the other Chattanooga player in double figures with 12 points. She was 4-of-5 from the free throw line and matched her career-high for assists with three.
The Mocs got out to a 6-4 start behind Cornelius who had all six points for the Mocs, but the Lady Pirates struck fast with a 14-3 run to get out front 18-9 with less than eight minutes gone in the game. UTC cut it back to a four-point game with a 10-5 run fueled by eight points from Williams.
Hampton, however, continued its scoring drive with 22 more points to lead 45-26 at the half.
Makayla Timmons and Laren VanArsdale combined for 51 points on the night with each making 10 shots from the field. Timmons was 4-of-6 from the 3-point line and VanArsdale made all four free throw attempts. Ashley Bates added 16 points and a game-high tying seven rebounds and four steals.
The Mocs Ruona Uwusiaba cleared waivers Friday afternoon and played just over 11 minutes in the contest. She had four points, three rebounds and two blocked shots. All of her points came from the charity stripe where she was 4-of-6.
Lakelyn Bouldin added in eight points for Chattanooga, moving past Nancy Smith (1988-91) on the all-time scoring list at UTC. She now has 1,125 points for her career. She had a game-best seven rebounds, grabbing four off the offensive glass.
UTC was 18-of-57 from the field and 6-of-26 from long range while making 13-of-19 from the free throw line. Hampton outrebounded the Mocs 40-35 and scored 24 points off 17 UTC turnovers. The Lady Pirates shot 50 percent (33-66) and was 8-of-17 from the 3-point line.
Hampton improves to 2-0 on the year. The Mocs fall to 0-2 overall and will travel to Lynchburg, Va., for a Monday night matchup at Liberty. The game is set to tip off at 7:00 p.m. Follow all the action online at GoMocs.com.