Christopher Leads Lady Mocs Past UNCG, 76-46

Saturday, January 5, 2013

GREENSBORO, N.C. --- UTC head coach Wes Moore cleared his bench early and often Saturday at Fleming Gymnasium and all 10 players found the basket as the Lady Mocs put together a 76-46 Southern Conference win over the UNCG Spartans. Chattanooga improves to 10-2 overall and 3-0 in SoCon action while the Spartans fall to 3-9 on the year and 0-3 in league play.

Senior Kayla Christopher (Oliver Springs, Tenn.) led all scorers with 19 points making 8-of-12 from the floor and 3-of-7 from beyond the arc while posting game-highs for assists (3) and steals (3).

Junior Ashlen Dewart (Spartanburg, S.C.) scored early in the first half with six of Chattanooga’s first nine points and closed out with 14 points, six rebounds, three assists, a pair of blocked shots and two steals in 19 minutes.

The Lady Mocs never trailed in the game and the score was tied just once in 40 minutes. Dewart put in the first shot for Chattanooga but it was quickly tied up on a layup from UNCG’s Sidnei Harmon. Junior Alex Black (Memphis, Tenn.) drained the first of her three 3-pointers to give Chattanooga the lead for good less than 80 seconds into the game.

The first half was filled with runs including a 15-0 run by UTC to take a 24-8 lead followed by a UNCG 10-0 run to cut it to 24-18. However, Chattanooga scored 12 straight points in the closing minutes of the second half to make it 36-20 at the half.

In the second half, the closest the game would get would be a 15-point margin as the Lady Mocs maintained a double-digit lead through the period. UTC pushed its lead further out with a 13-0 run fueled by Dewart and junior Meghan Downes (Newnan, Ga.) who combined for eight points while freshman Alicia Payne (Memphis, Tenn.) made her first jumper this year with a pull-up from 15 feet. That run put the Lady Mocs up 68-39 with just 4:28 to play.

On the boards, the Lady Mocs outrebounded UNCG 38-35 and had 12 offensive boards to the Spartans 13, but outscored them 13-11 on second chance points. The bench saw more action in the second half as Chattanooga pulled away and freshman Tatianna Jackson (Atlanta, Ga.) scored all eight of her points in the second half and had a team-high seven rebounds in the game.

The Lady Mocs return to action Monday at 7 p.m. at Elon in Alumni Gym. The game will be carried live on ESPN 105.1 FM.


UTC Women At Western Carolina Saturday

The Chattanooga women's basketball team will close out the regular season road slate Saturday afternoon at Western Carolina. The game is set to tip at  2 p.m.  in the first of a double header. Follow all the action at GoMocs.com.  The Mocs are third in the league standings behind Mercer (8-1) and Samford (8-1). The two will play each other this weekend. A ... (click for more)

PHOTOS: Region 2-A/AA Wrestling Tournament

Firefighters Stop Fire At Local IHOP Restaurant

Chattanooga firefighters did not have far to go when fire broke out at the IHOP on Highway 153 in Hixson around  9 a.m.  on Friday. Battalion Chief Don Bowman and firefighters with Quint 16 had just enjoyed a nice breakfast there while having a morning staff meeting. When the firefighters returned to their fire truck and were getting ready to drive off, one of the firefighters ... (click for more)

City Councilman Chris Anderson Gearing Up For Election A Year Away

City Councilman Chris Anderson is already gearing up for the next city election, though it is over a year away. In the financial disclosures due Feb. 1, he reported receiving $24,165 for the reporting period from July 16, 2015 to Jan. 16. He spent $4,887 during that period. Councilman Yusuf Hakeem took in $11,110 during the period. Councilman Russell Gilbert reported ... (click for more)

Black History Month Hero - Theodore McGraw (Kidd) AKA "Pongee"

I grew up in "Old St. Elmo" on 39th Street behind the Incline. As a child I remember my older brother "Pongee" as being my hero. This month of February being Black History Month, I cannot think of a better person to be honored than my late older brother, Theodore McGraw (Kidd) aka "Pongee" of St. Elmo (Gamble Town). Growing up without my father, Theodore was always available ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: ‘Chatt2.org’ Needs You Now

A diverse yet powerful panel of community leaders in Nashville delivered a letter to the Metro Nashville Board of Education last week. It was signed by some top men and women who represent a wide-ranking cross section of Tennessee’s largest city and includes education, business, religious and diversity superstars. You need to understand the urgency behind the letter. Davidson County ... (click for more)