Saturday, January 18, 2014
- by B.B. Branton
On a night when all 13 Lady Mocs who dressed, played, scored and had at least one rebound, Chattanooga defeated visiting Wofford,75-36, Saturday night in McKenzie Arena to remain in first place (15-3, 7-0) in the Southern Conference.
UTC senior Ashlen Dewart led all scorers with 19 points, followed by freshman Chelsey Shumpert with nine points and a game-high five assists and Meghan Downes with eight points.
Wofford (3-14, 1-5) was led by Ashton Fleming with 10 points and five rebounds, followed by Maria Corella with nine points.
The Mocs started slow - 3 of 9 from the field (0-3 from 3-point land) at the 15:28 mark - but by halftime the home team was 14-31 (45.2%) from the field, including 4 of 10 from beyond the arc.
"I wasn't worried about the missed shots early on, because we had the open shots and the ball was moving," said UTC coach Jim Foster who picked up his 798th career win.
"I knew the ball would fall eventually. You move the ball and move yourselves you will get scoring opportunities."
Leading by 20 at half - 34-14 - the Lady Mocs were shooting 75% (6-8) (for the second half) at the 14:32 mark of the second half, 69.2% at 11:09 and 68.4% at 8:11 before ending at 60.7% for the half and 52.5% for the game, including 5-14 from 3-point range.
"In the second half, we ran a lot better and attacked the basket better," Foster stated.
A Numbers Game:
With This Win ...
11 - win streak this season
23 - SoCon win streak
33 - UTC continues to hold the nation's longest home court win streak among D-I women's teams
33 - number of consecutive wins against Wofford
199 - number of wins in McKenzie Arena beginning in 1983
798 - career triumphs for coach Jim Foster
What's Next - A rare 2 p.m. start on Monday
UTC hosts Furman Monday, followed by a 4 p.m. home game next Saturday against Samford.
Last Time ... the Lady Mocs lost at home was 34 months ago - Mar. 6, 2011 as Samford edged UTC 68-66 in McKenzie.
NCAA Women's Home Win Streaks
33 - Chattanooga (beat Wofford, 75-36 ... Jan. 18)
22 - East Carolina (beat Louisiana Tech, 86-55 ... Jan. 18)
20 - Notre Dame (hosts Miami, Jan. 23)
Taylor Hall & Ashlen Dewart Stats:
Hall Nearing 1,000 Points: needs 72 points in final 11 regular season games ...
Hall Nearing 700 Rebounds: needs 25 boards in final 11 games
Dewart Passing 700 Points in UTC career (2 yrs at App State prior): Dewart scored 19 tonight and now has 707 in UTC uniform.
Chattanooga 75, Wofford 36
Wofford 14 - 22 -- 36
UTC 34 - 41 -- 75
Assists:5 - Chelsey Shumpert
Wofford: 3 - Sarah Traynor
Steals: 3 - Taylor Hall, Shumpert
Blocked Shots: 3 - Hall
Rebounds: 6 - Hall, Aryanna Gilbert, Ashlen Dewart, Moses Johnson
Wofford: 5 - Khadijah Joyner
Points: 19 - Dewart
Wofford: 10 - Ashton Fleming
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