The last time the Wofford women’s basketball team played at McKenzie Arena, the Terriers blew a big lead against the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
Thursday in the first round of the Southern Conference tournament, No. 11 seed Wofford nearly let a 20-point advantage disappear. But it didn’t.
The Terriers led No. 6 seed UNC Greensboro by 20 with 17:05 to play and held on for a 69-65 win, earning another shot at UTC in the quarterfinals Saturday.
“We wanted to make it fun. We wanted to make everyone get their money’s worth and enjoy it,” joked Wofford coach Edgar Farmer, whose Terriers won just three SoCon games in the regular season.
Wofford (8-21) led 40-29 at halftime and had the lead at 51-31 with 17:05 remaining after a very strong start to the second period. Soon after, the Spartans (13-16) began their rally.
“We held the fort and we had some low moments here and there,” Farmer said, “but at the end of the day we rose to the occasion and made shots when we needed to make shots.”
Eventually, after a Monique Floyd layup cut Wofford’s lead to 65-63 with 1:34 left, Brey Dorsett had a chance to tie the game at 65 with 53.2 seconds remaining. She made the first free throw but missed the second, and there was a tie-up on the ensuing rebound and the possession arrow pointed to the Terriers.
On the next possession, Wofford’s Logan Morris made a free throw. Then April Moorhouse, who led all scorers with 20 points, hit a pair with 12.4 seconds left to make it 68-64.
Wofford finished 6-of-9 from the line, while the Spartans were 12-of-22, including 8-of-14 in the second half.
The Lady Mocs rallied from 14 points down with 15:54 remaining to beat Wofford 93-88 on Jan. 2, but the Terriers held on Thursday.
Lady Mocs coach Wes Moore had planned to attend Thursday’s game to scout alongside his staff, but he was home sick. UTC, which hasn’t played since last Saturday, will practice today before playing Wofford 30 minutes after the 9 a.m. game Saturday.
John Frierson is in his seventh year at the Times Free Press and seventh year covering University of Tennessee at Chattanooga athletics. The bulk of his time is spent covering Mocs football, but he also writes about women’s basketball and the big-picture issues and news involving the athletic department. A native of Athens, Ga., John grew up a few hundred yards from the University of Georgia campus. Instead of becoming a Bulldog he attended Ole ...