UTC Lady Mocs Stop Furman, 62-44

Home Win Streak Increases to 34

Monday, January 20, 2014 - by B.B. Branton
Taylor Hall  (31) goes up for shot in Monday's 62-44 win against Furman
Taylor Hall (31) goes up for shot in Monday's 62-44 win against Furman
- photo by Tim Evearitt

On an afternoon when the offense wasn't there, but rebounding and defense was, the Chattanooga Lady Mocs defeated visiting Furman, 62-44, at McKenzie Arena in an NCAA women's college basketball game.

UTC shot 36.5% from the field (Furman shot 30.6%) but controlled the boards, 47-31, including 18-7 on the offensive glass and led in second chance points (13-7).

"I tell my players that the offense is not always guaranteed, but to play strong defense, hustle and move," said UTC coach Jim Foster as UTC improves to 16-3 overall and 8-0 in the Southern Conference.

UTC senior Taylor Hall hustled and moved up and down the court well enough to gain her 10th double-double (12 pts./11 rebs) of the season, along with seven assists, three blocks and one steals.

Fellow senior Alex Black had 12 points, five rebounds and three steals.

"Early on, we took too many quick shots which is out of character for our team, "Foster stated. "When the ball started to move, then our shots were better."

First Half: A jumper by Sarah Durdaller gave Furman a 2-0 lead at 19:11, but the Lady Mocs took the lead for good at 5-2 on a Chelsey Shumpert at 17:23.

UTC's largest first half lead was 12, twice, the last coming at 1:17 on an Ashlen Dewart layup.

Furman Run: But Furman (10-8, 4-3) cut the lead to six by intermission (26-20) and to three (30-27) at the 18:11 mark of the second half, but could get no closer.

Brittany Hodges and Holli Wilkins combined for all 15 Palladin points as the visitors went from trailing by 12 at 26-14 at 1:17 to down three at 30-27 at 18:11.

After Wlkins - daughter of former UTC player Gerald Wilkins - made a free throw to make it 30-27, UTC went on a 15-5 run to lead 45-32 at 9:37.

"When they made a run at us at the end of the first half and early in the second, we stayed under control and played strong defense," said Hall.

The strong defense was evident by four steals (two by Downes) converted into eight points in a five minute window.

Playing before 1,896 fans, the Blue and Gold pushed the lead to 17 at 56-39 at 3:57 on a jumper by Downes, and finished with the 18-point margin - 62-44 - on a jumper on the left wing by Hall with seven seconds remaining.

56 Points to 1,000: Taylor Hall needs 56 points to reach 1,000 for a career, four rebounds for 700 and four assists for 200.

Chattanooga 62, Furman 44

Furman 20 - 24 --44

UTC 26 - 36 -- 62

 Milestone Wins and Win Streaks: 12 ... 24 ... 34 ... 200 ... 799  

Heading into Saturday's home game with Samford (4 p.m. on ESPN3),

The Lady Mocs have won ...

... 12 in a row this season

 ... 34 in a row at home over two plus seasons

... 24 in a row in Southern Conference play

Also ... today's win was No.200 (200-41) in McKenzie Arena in 30 years ...

and coach Foster is now 799-310 ... only six D-I coaches have won at least 800 games.

He has won 200 plus games at St. Joseph's, Vanderbilt and Ohio State and now 16 at UTC.

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

Alex Black (21) puts up a shot between two Furman defenders.
Alex Black (21) puts up a shot between two Furman defenders.
- Photo2 by Tim Evearitt

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