Mocs women drop first game in the Bronx to MTSU, 58-47


BRONX, N.Y. (UTC Athletics) — The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women’s basketball team fell 58-47 Saturday afternoon to Middle Tennessee at Rose Hill Gym on Day One of the Fordham Holiday Classic and will face Maine in the Consolation game Sunday.

Bria Dial drained a career-best four 3-pointers and led the Mocs with 12 points and grabbed four rebounds. Mya Long hit double figures for the fourth time this season with 11 points. She was 3-of-6 from the field and 5-of-5 from the free throw line and added two assists and a pair of steals in the effort.

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After falling behind 36-24 at the half, the Mocs came out strong in the third on a 9-3 s
coring run to cut the lead to 39-33 on Dial’s fourth 3-pointer of the game midway through the quarter.

Chattanooga got as close as 46-41 in the final quarter on a layup from Arianne Whitaker with 6:54 remaining. But that’s as close as it would get for the Mocs who fall to 4-10 on the year. MTSU scored the next eight points to push its lead back into double figures.

Middle Tennessee (9-3) got started early and jumped out to a 9-0 lead but the Mocs responded, shooting 55.6 percent (5-9) from the field in the quarter to cut the Blue Raider lead to 20-14 after one quarter.

In the second quarter, MTSU started off outscoring UTC 11-3, taking a 31-17 lead at the 6:45 mark of the second period. The Mocs ended the frame with seven points.

Whitaker had a team-best six rebounds and added eight points and Bouldin chipped in seven points and six boards.

Chattanooga was 17-of-46 from the field and 4-of-16 from beyond the arc. The Mocs were 75 percent from the free throw line, making 9-of-12. UTC outrebounded the Blue Raiders 38-29 with 12 offensive boards resulting in seven points.

Chattanooga had 17 fastbreak points to the Blue Raiders’ six and its bench outscored Middle Tennessee 28-5. MTSU outscored the Mocs 26-18 in the paint and scored 26 points off 25 Chattanooga miscues.

The Mocs will face Maine for just the second time in program history in the 1:00 p.m. Consolation game Sunday. UTC fell to the Black Bears in 2016 at the Naismith Basketball Memorial Classic in Springfield, Mass., in the only meeting between the two teams. Follow all the action online at