Lady Mocs Stop Ga. Southern, 69-60

31 Straight Home Wins

Saturday, January 4, 2014 - by B.B. Branton
Alex Black plays defense late in the game.
Alex Black plays defense late in the game.
- photo by Greg Davick

"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.

 

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

   

 


Tennessee Xtreme Girls Basketball Hosts Tryouts Jan. 29

Tennessee Xtreme Girls Basketball will be hosting tryouts on  Sunday, Jan. 29,  at Shepherd Hills Center, 2124 Shepherd Road, Chattanooga, TN 37421. Grades 3, 4, and 5 begin at  3 p.m.  and grades 6, 7, and 8 start at  5 p.m. Visit  www.tnxtreme.com  for more information. (click for more)

Szmidt Starts Red Hot In Heights' Rare Home Game

Talk about starting out a game with red-hot shooting. Hamilton Heights’ Therren Shelton-Szmidt was on target early, hitting 5-of-6 3-pointers in the first quarter and leading the Hawks to a 72-57 victory over Central Park on Friday night. Szmidt’s opening barrage helped the Hawks take a 29-8 advantage after one quarter of action. They were up 49-20 at halftime. Playing ... (click for more)

School Board Votes To Issue RFPs For Private School Bus Service; Allows Independent Drivers To Add 20 Routes

The Hamilton County School Board voted unanimously to issue a Request-for-Proposals (RFP) to private bus companies at a special-called session early  Saturday  afternoon.   The vote came at the end of a two-day strategy session where the school board has confronted a list of challenges but the busing question, spurred by the tragic bus wreck in November ... (click for more)

3 People Shot Early Saturday Morning On East 3rd Street

Three people were shot on East 3rd Street early Saturday morning. They were identified as Countess Clemons, 24, Kezia Jackson, 23, and Dutchess Lykes, 26.   The Chattanooga Police Department responded at 2:40 a.m. to a person(s) shot call at a local hospital. All three victims were transported to the hospital via a personally-owned vehicle.   All three ... (click for more)

A Light Rain Began To Fall - And Response

Around noon Friday, Jan. 20, 2017, Donald J. Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the most powerful nation on Earth after a long and sometimes bitter campaign where 17 GOP candidates of his own party and two of the opposing party competed for the honor.   Thousands rejoiced in the Washington D.C. streets while policemen who had come along with national guardsmen pushed ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: A Lady Remembers Rex

Kevin Roden sits on the City Council in Denton, Texas (think the Dallas-Fort Worth airport area in the northeastern part of the state) and he is gearing up to run for a third term this spring. He’s already got his website up and, while the election isn’t until April, he writes on his blog every now and then. Last month he let his wife take a turn at it, which brings us to yesterday’s ... (click for more)