UTC Lady Mocs Edge UAB, 63-56

29 Straight Home Wins

Thursday, November 21, 2013 - by B.B. Branton
UTC freshman Moses Johnson sings the national anthem prior to the Mocs 63-56 home win against Alabama-Birmingham Thursday night at McKenzie Arena.
UTC freshman Moses Johnson sings the national anthem prior to the Mocs 63-56 home win against Alabama-Birmingham Thursday night at McKenzie Arena.
- photo by Dale Rutemeyer

Chattanooga freshman guard Chesley Shumpert lists NBA star Kobe Bryant as her favorite player.

In tonight's 63-56 women's college basketball win against visiting Alabama-Birmingham, Shumpert (5-4) played like a smaller version of Bryant as she knocked down her first college shot - a 3-pointer - cold off the bench to give the Mocs an offensive spark.

UAB led 12-9 before Shumpert's 3 tied the game at 12-12 at 8:19 and keyed a 19-8 run ending with a 30-20 UTC halftime lead.

"We brought her in the game when (point guard) Red Payne picked up two fouls and she responded by playing like she has been practicing," said UTC coach Jim Foster.

"Her first three weeks with the team was a train wreck (trying to adjust to D-I college basketball), but she has done well the last three weeks."

Far from a train off track in the UAB win and more like a well-precisioned locomotive on track, Shumpert scored 10, first half points as the Mocs went from down 3 (12-9 at 9:53) to up 10 at 30-20 by intermission.

"I am so proud of her (Chelsey) the way she came in off bench when we were not doing well and she was not nervous at all," said senior center Ashlen Dewart who contributed with 10 points and four rebounds (only 3 pts in the first half).

More than a one-woman team, UTC also had contributions from Ka'Vonne Towns with 12 points, 1 assist and 3 steals, while senior Taylor Hall had her first career double-double (15 pts., 10 rebs.), plus tying her career best with seven assists.

UAB (2-3) was led in scoring by Karisma Chapman with 15 plus 10 rebounds, Ashley Grimes with 12 points and Chelsee Black with 11.

First Half: In a game which had five lead changes -  all in the first half - UTC led 8-6 before UAB went on a short 6-1 run for a 12-9 advantage at 9:53 on a jumper by Khoria Newman.  Insert Shumpert in the game and in a 10-minute span, the Mocs led by the aforementioned 10.

Second Half: Led by Dupree's four points, the Mocs had their largest lead of 17, twice, the final time at 48-31 at 13:23.

UAB Rally: UAB then outscored UTC, 16-3, in just under seven minutes to trail by four at 51-47 at 5:51. Kayla Anderson's six points along with seven from Chapman and Ashley Grimes with five sparked the Blazer rally.

But layups by Dewart and Hall pushed the Mocs lead to eight (55-47, 3:39). UAB pulled within four again at 2:24 (55-51) on a pair of baskets by Chapman, but the visitors could get no closer.

Points from Hall (4), Dewart (2) and Tatianna Jackson (2) in the final 2:15 secured the win.

100 Career Rebounds: Faith Dupree had four rebounds to give her 101 for a career.

Nearing the Century Mark: Taylor Hall had one steal tonight and needs four to reach 100 ... also needs 16, 3s to reach 100 .... Meghan Downes had 3 assists tonight ... needs 11 for 100.   

Going For 30 Straight: UTC improves to 3-1 on the season, has now won 29 straight home games over two plus seasons and goes for No. 30 Sunday hosting Auburn at 2 p.m.

Ironically, the current win streak started with a victory against UAB,65-59, Nov 11, 2011.

Last Home Loss:  UTC's last home loss was March 6, 2011 to Samford,68-66, in overtime in the Southern Conference tournament semis in McKenzie Arena.

Nation's Longest Home Win Streak: Chattanooga owns the nation's second longest current home win streak in women's basketball behind Baylor with 61.

61 - Baylor U.  won vs. Savannah (Ga.) State, 99-31 tonight

29 - Chattanooga    won vs. Alabama-Birmingham, 63-56 tonight

 

Stats: Points in the Paint: UAB (36-28), Points Off Turnovers: UTC (11-8), 2nd Chance Pts. (10-10), Fast Break Points: UTC (6-2), Points From the Bench:UTC (31-6)

Freshmen Steal the Spotlight: Chattanooga Freshmen were front and center before and during the win against UAB ... Moses Johnson (Atlanta) did an excellent job of singing the national anthem, while point guard Chelsey Shumpert scored 12 points (5-5 FGs) along with 4 rebounds in 19 minutes ... Six Varsity Letters: Shumpert played an impressive six years of varsity basketball for Tilghman HS (Paducah, Ky.) ...she was on the team as a seventh grader so as to play one year with her older sister, Natalie.

Johnson sang the national anthem prior to her high school games for three years at Greenforest-McCalep Christian Academy ... growing up in the church - her late mother was a pastor - Moses began singing in the choir at the age of 3 and has been carrying a good tune on and off the court for several years. 

UTC 63, UAB 56

UAB -- 20-36 -- 56

UTC - 30-33 -- 63

Records UTC (3-1)  UAB (2-3)

 Points/Rebs

UAB (56) - Karisma Chapman (15-10), Ashley Grimes (12-3), Chelsee Black (11-1), Kayla Anderson (10-3), Khoria Newman (4-1), Brittany Winborne (2-5), Janeka Williams (0-2), Miranda Burroughs (0-1), Dy'man Webb (2-4) 

Chattanooga (63) - Chelsey Shumpert (12-4), Ka'Vonne Towns (12-5), Taylor Hall (10-10), Ashlen Dewart (10-4), Faith Dupree (7-4), Tatianna Jackson (9-5), Meghan Downes (3-2), Alex Black (0-1), Alicia Red Payne (0-1), Aryanna Gilbert (0-0) 

contact B.B. Branton at william.branton@comcast.net


Amor, Etter Tie For Pro-Am Honors

Doug Amor and Bruce Etter each shot 76 and tied for low-pro honors recently in the Chattanooga Chapter TN PGA Pro-Am at the Chattanooga Golf and Country Club. The Results: Low Professional: T1st: (76) Doug Amor & Bruce Etter 3rd: (78) Richard Rebne Professional Skins: Bruce Etter #2 & #15, Nathan Schlie #4 & #9, Tad Holley #3, Thomas Campbell #10 ... (click for more)

Lee Competes In Tennessee Rust Buster Track Meet

The Lee University Track & Field teams finished their weekend with a trip to the University of Tennessee Rust Buster at Tom Black Track. The two squads combined to reach two new provisional marks and improve upon another. Adrian Martin met the provisional standard in the 200-meter dash with a fifth-place time of 24.24. The time to beat was 24.53. She also placed sixth (12.00) ... (click for more)

Robert Driver Jr. Shot At Bar Near Hamilton Place On Sunday Night

A man was shot at a bar near Hamilton Place Mall on Sunday night. At approximately  9:51 p.m.,  Chattanooga Police officers responded to the report of a person shot in the parking lot of Bar Louie located at 2100 Hamilton Place Blvd.   Responding officers located 34-year-old Robert Driver Jr. suffering from a gunshot wound. He was transported to a local ... (click for more)

1 Person Killed In 3-Car Accident In Dalton On Saturday

There was a fatal three-vehicle crash on the South Bypass in Dalton just south of Sawgrass Drive  on Saturday  at approximately  4:30 pm . The crash happened when the driver of a black Ford Mustang traveling southbound on the bypass for some reason left its lane of travel and crossed over the center line and hit a 2004 Chevy Silverado truck head on. ... (click for more)

Slaxxon Regret - And Response

Back in the seventies my three oldest brothers had a buddy named Steve Slack. “Slack” was a star soccer player at Baylor and he grew up on Lookout Mountain, which is where I grew up. He and Jimmy, Henry and Bill went to the University of Virginia where they were roommates in an old, beat up house that was painted pink. Naturally, the place became known as the “Pink Palace” but lest ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: This Library Comes Alive

I am pretty positive that I haven’t stepped foot in a library in the last 50 years. Between the ever-widening Internet, with all of its search engines and infinite resources, I have got about as much use for a library as I would if I read a book about a transgender person. I have neither the time or inclination. Be like trying to teach a pig to sing – the pig always get bored. ... (click for more)