CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Freshman Hannah Kohn drilled a long, wide-open 3-pointer with just over five minutes left in the game to put Chattanooga in front and the Mocs held off No. 21 Mississippi State the rest of the way to post a 59-53 upset Saturday afternoon.
The home court victory was the program's first over a Top 25 team since 2014, when the Mocs knocked off No. 4 Tennessee. Mississippi State now has lost back-to-back games to unranked opponents after falling to Miami.
Chattanooga (8-1) trailed by six at intermisson and after Lauren Park-Lane hit from deep and Darrione Rogers knocked down a jumper to open the third quarter, the Mocs were down by 11. But Jada Guinn, a graduate transfer from Tennessee Tech, hit a pair of free throws to spark a run that saw the Mocs outscore Mississippi State 18-8 in the quarter and trail by just a point to start the fourth.
Guinn opened the final period with a jumper to give the Mocs a 46-45 lead, but Debreasha Powe hit a 3 to give the Bulldogs their final lead. Karsen Murphy's jumper pulled Chattanooga even and when Kohn got an open look well beyond the 3-point line she calmly stroked the go-ahead trey. Raven Thompson hit a 3 with 1:47 left to make it 56-51 and Addie Porter hit three of four from the line to close out the upset.
Guinn and Thompson each scored 14 points to lead the Mocs while Kohn came off the bench to add 12 points by hitting 4 of 8 from beyond the arc.
Jerkaila Jordan scored 19 points and added 10 rebounds to lead Mississippi State (8-2) and Lauren Park-Lane added 14 points with six rebounds, four assists and two steals.
Chattanooga will play host to North Alabama on Saturday. Mississippi State will have more than a week off before facing Kennesaw State December 11.
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