The Chattanooga women’s basketball team fell 61-51 at Jacksonville State Thursday night at the Pete Mathews Coliseum to close out the non-conference portion of its schedule. The Mocs drop to 2-13 on the year and the Gamecocks improve to 9-3 overall.
Chattanooga got off to a quick start, with the first two buckets of the game, including a layup from Brooke Hampel off Abbey Cornelius’ tip. UTC kept it up and led by four points twice and were up 11-9 with 4:20 to go in the first before the Gamecocks took the lead on an 8-0 run.
“It’s very frustrating,” Mocs head coach Katie Burrows said. “We start off so strong and we’re getting stops and knocking down shots, they hit a couple buckets and they cut it, and still we’re right in it the whole time.”
The Mocs kept it close in the first half and tied it up 21-21 on a layup from Brooke Hampel midway through the second. JSU would retake control to go into intermission leading 35-27.
Chattanooga was 9-of-20 (45%) in the first half and closed out the game making 18-of-47 (38.3%) and were 14-of-18 from the free throw line.
Cornelius and Hampel combined for 17 first half points. Cornelius finished the game with her fourth double-double of the year with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Hampel shot 60 percent (6-10) from the field for 12 points and Addie Grace Porter, with UTC’s lone 3-pointer of the game, had 10 points and a career-best seven rebounds.
They did a really good job of isolating mismatches when they needed to and sucking us in and kicking it out,” Burrows added. “They hit five more threes than we did, and we only lost by 10.”
While UTC had 23 turnovers, JSU scored just 11 points off the miscues while Chattanooga had five points on 12 Gamecocks errors. The Mocs did not have as many opportunities from the outside but outdueled Jacksonville State 32-28 in the paint.
Chattanooga outrebounded JSU 41-35 but gave up 13 points on 10 offensive rebounds by the Gamecocks.
The Mocs open Southern Conference action next weekend with a Thursday matchup against Samford on the road.
“It’s hard to believe and at the same time I’m ready for it,” Burrows said. “I am ready to get settled into a consistent schedule and the girls are too. I think it’ll help their mindset as well, knowing what’s coming.”