Poor Shooting Dooms UTC in SoCon Tournament Loss to Furman

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(soconsports.com) ASHEVILLE, N.C. – A stifling defense propelled No. 6 Furman past No. 3 Chattanooga 58-40 Thursday night in the quarterfinal round of the 2021 Ingles Southern Conference Women’s Basketball Championship presented by General Shale Brick at Harrah’s Cherokee Center Asheville.

The Paladins (11-13) always play the pack-line man-to-man defense, and it held the Mocs (14-10) to a season low in points. Chattanooga, averaging 60 points a game, finished 17-of-55 from the floor (32 percent) and sank just 1-of-18 3-point attempts.

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Furman moves on to play No. 2 Mercer in Friday’s 2:15 p.m. semifinal round.

The Paladins got 16 points and 15 rebounds from senior Tierra Hodges. Freshman point guard Tate Waters added 18 points, eight rebounds and five assists, and senior post player Celena Taborn was 6-of-6 from the floor and finished with 14 points.

The Mocs, who have won 18 SoCon tournament titles, got 12 points from Bria Dial and 11 from Eboni Williams.

Furman led 22-13 at halftime despite going scoreless for the last five minutes, 50 seconds of the second quarter. The Paladins raced out to an early 22-6 lead behind 13 points from Walters.

Chattanooga made just three of its first 20 shots from the floor and finished the first half at 23 percent (5-of-26). The Mocs never got closer than seven points in the second half.

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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.