The Chattanooga Mocs fell 78-55 Friday night to Murray State at The McKenzie Arena in women’s basketball action.
“It seems like every team is shooting the ball well against us, except for the other night when we ended up winning,” Mocs head coach Katie Burrows said. “We had 26 turnovers, but we shot the ball well.”
Abbey Cornelius and Addie Grace Porter combined for 35 points in the effort. Cornelius put up a game-high 19 points, scoring 14 in the second half. She added six rebounds and four assists. Porter, making her second straight start as a rookie, dropped in 16 points, scoring the Mocs’ final nine of the first half. She also had a team-best six rebounds, dished out three assists and had five steals, all career-highs.
“Addie did a great job overall,” Burrows said. “She was active defensively, got 16 points and she didn’t force things. She left it all of the floor.
“Abbey had 19 points, but she could have had 26 points. She’s trying to make contact but they aren’t necessarily making those calls. She did make adjustments really well from the first half to the second half and was doing a much better job using her touch to her advantage. I was proud to see her adjustments.”
Murray State started out fast and and led 17-9 in the first quarter. After falling behind 35-15 in the second, Porter started off her nine-point spate with a pair of free throws. After a pair of Racer free throws from Cayson Conner, Porter drained a 3 on the other end. Porter then blocked a Murray State 3-point attempt.
After a few turnovers by each team, Porter forced a turnover and converted her steal into a layup on the other end for her 10th point of the game and seventh in the run. Porter capped it off with a driving layup to make it a 39-24 game at the half.
In the third quarter, Cornelius dropped in eight of the Mocs’ 21 points with Porter and Destiny McClendon adding four each. A 12-5 run by the Mocs in the middle of the frame got UTC to within 13 points, but no closer.
Chattanooga was 23-of-66 from the field and 3-for-19 from the 3-point line. Murray State outrebounded the Mocs 44-26 and edged UTC 34-30 in the paint. UTC had 16 points off 17 Racer miscues compared to seven for Murray State on 11 Chattanooga turnovers.
Murray State was led by Alexis Burpo and Macey Turley with 18 points each. Burpo added eight rebounds and five assists. Hannah McKay recorded a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds while Katelynn Young dropped in 14 points and grabbed eight boards.
Chattanooga will hit the road Tuesday next week to take on Kennesaw State. The game is set to tip off at 7:00 p.m.