Saturday, January 4, 2014
- by B.B. Branton
"We had a lead (14 pts. in the second half) and then relaxed. We have to play (every possession) as if it's a tie game. We shouldn't have lost that lead."
-- UTC senior Taylor Hall in reference to Ga. Southern rallying to tie the game at 49-49 at 11:37 of the second half after being down by 14 at 45-31 at 16:43.
In a game of runs by both teams, the Chattanooga Lady Mocs had the last and most important one - 20-11 in the final 10 minutes - to defeat visiting Georgia Southern, 69-60, Saturday night at McKenzie Arena.
Senior Taylor Hall led the way with 15 points (12 in the second half), followed by Alex Black with12 and Ashlen Dewart and Ka'Vonne Towns with 11 each.
The Mocs improve to 11-3 overall and 3-0 in Southern Conference play, while Georgia Southern falls to 3-11 and 1-2.
31 Straight at Home: UTC has won 31 straight home games in the last 34 months; the nation's second longest home court winning streak behind Baylor with 67.
Hall had here usual balanced game on both ends of the floor with five rebounds, five assists and six steals.
The Eagles' Mimi DuBose led all scorers with 16 points, followed by teammate Sierra Kirkland with 11 points and seven boards.
Quick Start: The Eagles held a 10-5 lead at 15:35 on a 3-pointer by Lacie Dowling as the Mocs missed four of their first six shots.
But the Blue and Gold went on a 16-2 run to lead by nine (21-12) at 9:07 and extended it to 14 at 31-17 at 2:59 as Dewart contributed eight points.
Up 14 at Half: The Mocs held a 14-point advantage at halftime, 38-24, and quickly extended it to a game-high 18 on a layup by Hall at 19:08 for a 42-24 lead.
But the Eagles made a run of their own, outscoring UTC, 25-7, in just under nine minutes to even the score at 49-49 with 10:19 remaining.
"We relaxed with that big lead and lost that intensity," said Hall. "They got on a roll, but we shouldn't have lost that lead. Coach Foster expects more out of us."
In the final 20-11 run, Hall did something about the lack of effort with eight points, two steals and an assist.
"Today's game with tv timeouts is a game of runs and it's difficult to maintain a steady flow," said UTC coach Jim Foster.
"Two weeks is a long time not to play a game as it's difficult to get back in the grind of playing a full 40 minutes."
Prior to tonight's game, the last contest for the Mocs was a 70-61 road win at East Tennessee State on Dec. 21.
Asked what the players did to break the Eagles run he said, "defense and patience on offense. When we move the ball we are hard to guard."
31 Home Win Streak: The Mocs have been hard to guard at home for the last 34 months, winning 31 straight games ... last loss in McKenzie Arena came on March 6, 2011 when Hall and Alex Black were freshmen, losing 68-66 to Samford.
Perfect Run For P.A. Announcer: UTC public address announcer Scott McMahan is 31-0 calling Lady Mocs home games in his three years behind the mic ...
Monday's game - Jan. 6, 2014 - will be the start of his 18th season behind the mic (men or women) ... His first game as p.a. announcer was exactly 17 years ago - Mon. Jan.6, 1997 as the Mocs beat Wofford 83-46 to snap out of a 2-5 start ... The Mocs won another 10 straight after the Wofford win and led by Johnny Taylor and Chris Mims advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16.
Dewart For 3 !: UTC center Ashlen Dewart made an opening "3" from well beyond the arc and had two on the night ... has four games with 2 or more 3s ...
Next Game - Mon. Jan. 6: UTC continues its SoCon schedule with a 7 p.m. game on Monday with Davidson.
Closing in on 800 Wins: UTC coach Jim Foster needs six wins to reach 800 ... is currently 794-313 in 36 seasons at four schools; St. Joseph's (Philly), Vanderbilt, Ohio State and UTC.
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