(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.
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.