CHATTANOOGA, TN – Down by 18 at halftime, the College of Charleston women’s basketball team got within two in the second half, but fell 64-53 against Chattanooga Monday.
The Cougars (7-8, 3-3) had three players score in double figures, led by senior Latisha Harris with 13 points. Senior Cathryn Hardy added 12 points and nine rebounding, including five offensive rebounds. Junior Jillian Brown tallied seven points and six assists for the Cougars.
Chattanooga (12-3, 5-1) shot 45 percent from the field in the first half and led 35-17 at the break.
The Mocs would lead by as many as 21 with 17:08 remaining in the game and were still up 19 at 47-28 with 13:38 left to play.
Over the next 10 minutes the Cougars held Chattanooga without a field goal and went on a 21-4 run to close the gap to two at 51-49.
The Cougars had a chance to take the lead, but missed a three-pointer on their next possession and Chattanooga got two free-throws and a layup to go up six at 55-49 with 2:03 remaining in the game.
In the final two minutes Chattanooga made 7-of-8 free-throws to put the game away as they defeated the Cougars 64-53, despite the Cougars holding the Mocs to just one field goal in the final 13:28 of the game.
“We dug ourselves a big hole in the first half,” CofC head coach Natasha Adair said. “I like the way we fought back in the second half, but we have to learn how to finish games.”
Up next the Cougars are back at home Friday vs. Appalachian State and Sunday vs. Elon.