Bria Dial Scored 19 Points as UTC Beat Furman 68-56

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GREENVILLE, S.C. — The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga ran its win streak to five games Friday night with a 68-56 win over Furman in Southern Conference women’s basketball action. UTC improved to 7-4 overall and 2-0 against the SoCon while Furman drops to 4-7 on the year and 0-2 in league play.

Bria Dial dropped in four of Chattanooga’s seven 3-pointers to lead the Mocs with 19 points and grabbed four steals. Eboni Williams and Abbey Cornelius chipped in 11 points apiece. Cornelius had four assists and Williams matched her career-high for steals with five to go along with three assists.

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The Mocs put together a 16-0 run in the second quarter and held Furman to just seven points in the frame to take a 36-20 lead at the half.

Williams started the run off with a layup and drew a foul for a 3-point play to put UTC up 21-17 just 2:30 into the quarter. Morgan Hill and Williams combined for the Mocs next two baskets. Dial and Hampel combined for a trio of 3-pointers in just over a minute to give UTC a 34-17 lead with 2:22 remaining in the period.

Chattanooga saw its largest lead come in the third quarter on a long range shot by Dena Jarrells to make it 52-32 with just under two minutes to go in the frame.

Furman, led by Tierra Hodges game-high 23 points and 13 rebounds, mounted a fourth quarter comeback that saw the Paladins get as close as 10 points on an 11-3 run to make it 66-56 with 49 seconds to play. Furman was 8-of-15 in the quarter, shooting 53.3 percent and closed out the game making 21-of-50 (42%).

The Mocs shot 50 percent in the opening quarter and 58.3 (7-12) in the third while shooting 48.8 percent (28-58) for the game. UTC was 7-of-18 from the 3-point line and were 5-of-7 from the free throw line, the fewest attempts this season.

Chattanooga had a season-low 12 turnovers and a season-best 13 steals while dishing out 18 assists, second-most this season, on 28 shots. Furman outrebounded the Mocs 37-26 and converted 13 offensive boards into 12 points while UTC had eight points on seven offensive rebounds.

Hodges pulled down a game-high 13 rebounds for a double-double, playing 38 minutes. Sydney James was 6-of-12 in the game for 18 points and five rebounds.

The Mocs will remain in Greenville to take on the Paladins Sunday afternoon at Timmons Arena. The game will tip at 2:00 p.m.

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Rick Nyman grew up in Anniston, Alabama and attended the University of Alabama. His television career started at WJSU-TV in Anniston where he had the opportunity to cover SEC football with Alabama and Auburn. Anniston is just 20 minutes from the Talladega Speedway, so NASCAR was a big part of his sports coverage. Due to this he was able to interview Davey Allison, Dale Earnhardt, Jeff Gordon, and several other top-name NASCAR drivers. Rick's next television job was in Savannah, Georgia, where he covered basketball player Kwame Brown (now with the Washington Wizards), who later became the first ever high school player selected as the top pick in the NBA draft. He covered the PGA Tour's annual swing thru Hilton Head and also had the opportunity of covering the Atlanta Falcons Super Bowl appearance in 1999 in Miami. Rick especially enjoys all the atmosphere, tradition and drama of college football. He also likes profiling sports personalities and learning what drives them both on and off the field. If he's not covering sports, he's either watching Seinfield or David Letterman, playing golf, reading, or working out. What he enjoys about Chattanooga is the passion people have for sports. The mountainous region of Chattanooga reminds him of his hometown of Anniston, which also has big, beautiful trees and plenty of hills. You can contact Rick at rnyman@wdef.com.