CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — The Chattanooga women’s basketball team heads to South Carolina this week to take on Wofford Thursday in Spartanburg then on to Greenville for a Saturday matchup at Furman.
The Mocs are on a four-game win streak and half a game behind Mercer in the Southern Conference standings at second. UTC shot 63.8 percent from the field in its last out, defeating UNCG 85-65 and was 9-of-15 (60%) from beyond the arc.
Abbey Cornelius leads the Mocs with 13.4 points and 9.7 rebounds per game and has 25 blocks this season. Dena Jarrells was 5-for-5 from beyond the arc and scored a career-high 23 points against the Spartans and is second on the team in scoring with 9.9 points per game. She averages 3.1 assists per game and is third in the SoCon with a 0.9 assist-turnover ratio. Amaria Pugho is third on the team in scoring with 9.1 points per game and averaged 14.3 over the last seven games.
Wofford fell on the road at Mercer (67-53) for its first loss in the SoCon this season. The Terriers had a season-high 22 turnovers against the Bears and shot just 34.5 percent. Wofford leads the conference in scoring with 66.4 points per game and is second in scoring margin, outpacing opponents by 2.4 points per game. From the 3-point line and the free throw line, Wofford leads the SoCon and has a league-best 7.9 long-range shots per game.
GAME DAY INFORMATION
TIME: 7:00 pm
SITE: Spartanburg, SC | Richardson Indoor Stadium
CHATTANOOGA vs. WOFFORD
The Mocs lead the series with Wofford 52-4. On the road, UTC is 24-2 against Wofford. The Terriers’ snapped the Mocs’ 45-game regular season win streak in 2019. It was Wofford’s first regular season win over Chattanooga. Wofford joined the league in 1998 and knocked the Mocs out of the league championships. The next season, in Wes Moore’s first year with UTC, the Terriers once again eliminated UTC from the postseason.
THE LAST TIME THEY MET
The two teams split the series last season with both games played in Spartanburg at Richardson Indoor Stadium. Chattanooga claimed a 60-52 win in the first game and two days later the Terriers won the second by a 67-44 margin, tied for its largest margin of victory against UTC and the Mocs fewest points ever scored against Wofford.
GAME 1 – UTC 60, Wofford 52
The Mocs trailed by six points headed into the final quarter and used an 11-0 run to retake the lead. bria dial tied the game on a long jumper and Eboni Williams’ steal and fast break gave UTC the lead for good with 6:17 to play. The Mocs shot 43.5% from the field and were 16-of-18 from the free throw line.
GAME 2 – UTC 44, Wofford 67
With the game tied after the first quarter, the Mocs struggled from the field over the next two making just 4-of-20 from the field with a pair of 3-pointers and 6-of-8 from the free throw line for just 16 points to the Terriers 37. Wofford led 50-29 headed into the fourth. The Mocs got as close as 52-38 before head coach Katie Burrows cleared the bench.
The Mocs will remain on the road to take on Furman for the first time this season. The two teams split the series last year in Greenville. The Paladins are 9-9 on the year and 2-2 in SoCon play. Tierra Hodges leads the SoCon in rebounding and was named the SoCon Women’s Basketball Player of the Week this week. It’s her second this season.
LOOKING FORWARD TO HOME
The Mocs will return to The McKenzie Arena for a three-game home stand. UTC will host Mercer on Feb. 3 for National Girls and Women in Sports Day. On Feb. 5, the women’s game will be the second of a double-header and all fans are encouraged to wear white for a WHITE OUT! The homestand concludes with a rivalry game against ETSU on Feb. 12.
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