The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga will take on Furman Sunday afternoon in Southern Conference women’s basketball action at Timmons Arena. This will be the second game in three days between the two teams after a revamped SoCon schedule due to COVID-19.
THE LAST TIME THEY MET …
The Mocs came away with a 68-56 win over the Paladins to improve to 2-0 in league play. After two lead changes and four ties in the first quarter, the Mocs took control and never trailed.
In the second quarter UTC put together a 16-0 run to push the lead into double digits. Bria Dial dropped in four 3-pointers for a team-best 19 points and Eboni Williams had 11 points, seven rebounds and a career-high tying five steals. Abbey Cornelius had 11 points, four assists and three blocked shots. Tierra Hodges had a game-high 23 points and 13 rebounds and was joined in double figures by Sydney James with 18 points.
SITE: Greenville, S.C. (Timmons Arena)
TIME: 2:00 p.m.
AUDIO: WFLI 1070 AM | 97.7 FM
Links for live stats, audio and video can be found on GoMocs.com
CHATTANOOGA vs. FURMAN
The Chattanooga and Furman series began in 1985 as members of the Southern Conference. UTC holds a 56-26 advantage and won both meetings last year. The teams are 5-5 over the last 10 meetings. On the road, UTC is 23-14 against the Paladins and snapped a three-game losing streak at Timmons Arena with a 69-63 win in Greenville last season.
The Mocs are on a five-game win streak that includes back-to-back Southern Conference wins over ETSU and Furman. They lead the SoCon in scoring offense with 70.5 points per game. Chattanooga is second in field goal (43.8%) and 3-point field goal (34.8) percentage. UTC averages 37.5 rebounds per game and had a season-best 13 steals against the Paladins Friday while recording a season-low 12 turnovers. Eboni Williams (15.0) and Bria Dial (13.3) lead the Mocs in scoring and rank fourth and sixth in the SoCon respectively. Dial has a SoCon-best 29 3-pointers and ranks 23rd in the NCAA. On the boards, UTC is led by Williams (8.0) and Abbey Cornelius (7.5). Cornelius has a SoCon-best 23 blocked shots and ranks 23rd in the NCAA. Sigrun Olafsdottir leads UTC in assists and ranks third in the SoCon with a 1.2 assist-turnover ratio. Cornelius is shooting 54.7 percent from the field, third in the SoCon, and Williams is fifth making 47.4 percent of her attempts.
The Paladins are 4-7 overall and 0-2 against the SoCon. They average 60.5 points per game and are shooting 39.1 percent from the field. On the boards, the Paladins are second in the conference with 39.6 boards per game and outrebound their opponents by 4.9 per game. Tierra Hodges ranks third in the SoCon for scoring with 16.6 points per game and is the league’s top rebounder with 10.6 per game, the only player averaging a double-double. Sydney James is 10th in the conference for scoring with 11.7 points per game and Tate Walters averages 8.1 points per game. After losing its starting point guard to a knee injury early in the season, Furman is without its freshman point Paraskevi Koilia who went down with an ankle injury during the first game against UTC. She led the SoCon for assists before leaving the game.