Women’s basketball hosts Tennessee State Wednesday

CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee — The Chattanooga women’s basketball team will host Tennessee State Wednesday night at McKenzie Arena. The Mocs are 1-2 for the year while the Tigers are 2-1.


Mocs vs. Tennessee State
Time: 7:00 p.m
Location: Chattanooga, Tennessee | The McKenzie Arena
Follow all the action online at GoMocs.com. Links for Live State, streaming audio and ESPN+ coverage are available on the GoMocs.com Women’s Basketball Schedule page.


UTC leads the series with Tennessee State 14-7. In Chattanooga, the Mocs are 8-3 against the Tigers. After the series ended in 2002, the two programs resumed it in 2020 but canceled that game in Chattanooga due to the pandemic. Last year in Nashville, the Mocs won 63-57.


After starting the season with a home win over Young Harris, the Mocs have failed in their last two games. After leading by 14 at Belmont, the Mocs were edged out by the Bruins 56-54. At home to Austin Peay, the Mocs overcame a nine-point deficit in the late game to take a 51-50 lead with less than two minutes to go, but the Govs reclaimed the lead and won. Chattanooga is outselling its opponents by more than six points per game and shooting 40.4 percent from the field. On the boards, UTC has a 5.3 lead. Yazz Wazeerud-Din leads the team with 16.3 points per game and two 20-point games. Abbey of Cornelius is second on the team with 10.3 points and 7.3 rebounds per game. With 19 points and nine boards, she nearly made a double-double against Austin Peay. Freshman Raven Thompson is third on the team with 9.0 points per game and leads the team with 7.7 rebounds per game. She has twice flirted with a double-double, twice scoring 10 points and grabbing nine rebounds in the season opener and eight against Austin Peay.


The Mocs fended off a late game rally from TSU to take home a 63-57 win over the Tigers. Chattanooga was 18 of 47 out of the field and shot 50 percent in the second quarter to take the lead and 60 percent in the fourth to hold it. The Mocs were near perfect from the free throw line in the fourth, making 13 of 14. Four Mocs scored in double digits, led by Dena Jarrells at 14 and Cornelius Abbey first double-double of the season with 13 points and 16 rebounds. Destiny McClendon added 12 points and Addie Grace Porter chipped in 10. Karen Murphy added eight points and a career-best 10 rebounds. Porter led the Mocs in an 11-0 run in the second quarter with eight of their points. Cornelius gave the Mocs their first lead with two free throws, with 4:55 remaining at halftime. Chattanooga led 34-24 at the break. In the third quarter, with 4:47 left, Murphy hit a layup to give Chattanooga a 44-30 lead, the game’s biggest. However, those would be the last points UTC would score until McClendon’s drive in the paint grabbed a 14-0 run from TSU at the fourth quarter’s 7-53 mark. The Tigers forced 10 turnovers in the run, which lasted 6:54 with six steals and six goals from different players. Chattanooga scored the next six points, holding off the Tigers, who came within a point with 52 seconds left. UTC then connected with seven free throws to secure the win. Jarrells, Porter and McClendon each had a pair of 3-pointers and the Mocs were 8 of 23 out of the arc. From the free throw line, UTC shot 79.2 percent (19 of 24) and beat the Tigers 40-39 on the boards. Tennessee State’s Tatyana Davis led all scorers with 20 points and Parker was the only other Tiger with 11 points in double digits. Dominique Claytor had a team high with 10 rebounds, seven points and seven steals.

Mocs are delayed at HOME TO AUSTIN PEAY

The Chattanooga women’s basketball team lost 58-53 to Austin Peay Saturday night at McKenzie Arena. The Mocs fall to 1-2 overall and Austin Peay grabs his second win in as many games to go 2-0. After a 27-24 lead at halftime, Austin Peay extended a 10-4 scoring lead for his biggest lead of the game, 37-28, with 2-48 remaining in third place. The Mocs didn’t want to get off that easy, however, and assembled their own run to tie the game 43-43 via the next 5-21 and edge the Govs 15-6. Austin Peay took the lead, but the Mocs fight would not be crushed. After falling 50-45 behind with the governors, Abbey of Cornelius Put down a layup and finished a fast 6-0 run with two free throws to give UTC their first lead since the middle of the second quarter, 51-50. The Govs took back the lead and held Chattanooga back on track for victory. Cornelius led Chattanooga with a season-high 19 points and narrowly missed a double-double with nine rebounds. She was 7-of-9 from the Charity Stripe and had three steals as the team-best. Raven Thompson set a career-high 10 points and again flirted with a double-double pull in eight boards. Their 3-pointer in the first quarter gave Chattanooga its first lead of the game. Yazz Wazeerud-Din added nine points and Amaria Pugh chipped in just over 13 minutes on the floor in seven. Chattanooga shot 38.3 percent (18-47) from field and was 14 of 17 (82.4%) from the free throw line. Austin Peay, led by Miriah Adams with a game-high 20 points, shot 19 of 49 from the floor and was 19 of 25 from the free throw line. Adams made 8 of 10 of her free throws. Yamia Johnson, 5 of 5 from the line and 5 of 6 from the floor, had 15 points. Adams, Johnson, and Gabby Smalls each tore down eight boards.