Lady Mocs Get 14th Straight With 76-62 Win Over Davidson

Freshman Jasmine Joyner Has Seven Blocks

Saturday, February 01, 2014
Jasmine Joyner
Jasmine Joyner
- photo by UTC Athletics

DAVIDSON, N.C. --- The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga ran its win streak to 14 straight games in a 76-62 win over Davidson Saturday afternoon at Belk Arena. Chattanooga improves to 18-3 overall and 10-0 in Southern Conference action while the Wildcats drop to 10-11 on the year and 7-3 against the league.

 

Freshman Chelsey Shumpert (Paducah, Ky.) got the scoring started with a layup in the first 30 seconds of the game sparking an 11-2 run capped off by a jumper from senior Taylor Hall (New Tazewell, Tenn.) with 16:19 on the clock. Davidson responded by outscoring UTC 16-15 over the next 5:57 to cut the lead to 26-18 with 10:11 to play in the half and that’s as close as it would get the rest of the way.

 

Chattanooga never trailed in the game and led by as much as 22 points, twice. The first came early in the second half on senior Alex Black’s (Memphis, Tenn.) fourth 3-pointer of the game to make it 52-30 with 17:18 to play. The second was less than three minutes on a fastbreak layup by sophomore Tatianna Jackson (Atlanta, Ga.) assisted by Shumpert with 14:35 to play.

 

Davidson used a 12-2 run over the 4:13 to cut into Chattanooga’s lead but it would get no closer than 12 points over the remainder of the game as UTC went on to claim its 26th straight SoCon win.

 

Hall led Chattanooga with 17 points, scoring nine in the final 15 minutes. She just missed a double-double with nine rebounds. Black went 4-of-5 from the 3-point line just missing her career-high for points with 16 on the day. Shumpert had eight points, six rebounds and dished out a game-high five assists.

 

Freshman Jasmine Joyner (Southaven, Miss.) played a career-high 24 minutes after senior Ashlen Dewart (Spartanburg, S.C.) drew a third foul early in the second half and senior Faith Dupree (Knoxville, Tenn.) out with an injury moments later. Once into the lineup, Joyner made her mark tying the school record for blocked shots in a single game with seven. She added seven points and career-high eight rebounds.

 

Joyner tied Alex Anderson (2004-08) who twice had seven blocked shots and closed out her career with a school record 221. Anderson will be inducted into UTC’s Hall of Fame next month.

 

Davidson was led in scoring by Laura Murray who had a game-high 26 points making 10-of-20 from the field with just a pair of 3-pointers. Shneeka Centers had 10 points for the Wildcats with six rebounds and Hannah Early added nine points with six rebounds. Dakota Dukes had a team-best eight boards and six points along with four assists, three steals and two blocked shots.

 

UTC edged Davidson in the paint 34-30 and had 17 second chance points off 16 offensive rebounds compared to the Wildcats’ seven points on nine boards. Chattanooga started the game making each of its first six baskets and closed out the game making 46.7 percent (28-60) of its shots and was 7-of-17 from the 3-point line and 13-of-15 from the free throw line. The Lady Mocs’ bench contributed 25 points to Davidson’s 18 and had 11 fast break points.

 

Post-game comments of Head Coach Jim Foster

 

On Jasmine Joyner’s seven blocks:
“She is a great shot-blocker.  She is as good a shot-blocker as I have coached and I have coached some pretty good ones.”

“She is not ordinary with that talent.  She has a real instinct for it and is very disciplined.  She doesn’t come down.  She extends straight up, which is what a really great shot blocker has to do so she doesn’t get into foul trouble. 

People stepping up off the bench:
“I think we have a lot of players who are capable of doing certain things very well and playing within the framework of who you are and understanding who you are.  It makes a huge difference and an example of that would be Jas.  She knows she is a good shot-blocker.  She knows she has a good set of hands.  She will catch anything you throw up at her and she plays to her strengths.”

On the play of Alex Black:
“Alex is a two guard that has had to play point.  Her instincts and her strengths are at the off-guard.  IT took her a little while, maybe the first third of the season, to get used to playing without the ball and now she is doing a very good job.  As a result, shooting percentage is going up and she is playing good basketball.”

On winning the battle on the glass:
“If your offense is running the way it should and the ball is moving and we know when a shot is going to take place, we are going to get a large number of rebounds, or not, depending on how we shoot the ball.  I think today was an example of that.  When the ball moved, we moved.”

 

Chattanooga will remain on the road with a matchup Monday night at Georgia Southern. The Eagles are 7-13 overall and 5-4 in league play. The game is set to tip at 7 p.m.

Ex-Lookout Joc Pederson Gets First At-Bat In Majors

LOS ANGELES -- Joc Pederson had the stage, had the drama, had family in the stands, had everything he needed Monday to make his first Major League at-bat the stuff of legend -- a true Hollywood debut. Pederson even had a pitch to hit -- a 2-0 fastball right in his wheelhouse. The left-hander ripped it with the kind of swing that earned him top-prospect status -- that earned ... (click for more)

No.13 UTC Prepares for No.9 Jax State

“The Jacksonville State defensive front four is as good or better than Central Michigan’s.”   -- UTC offensive coordinator Jeff Durden. It’s “Whiteout Saturday” at Finley Stadium as Chattanooga hosts its oldest rival in Jacksonville (Ala.) State in a battle of two top 15 nationally ranked FCS teams. Both teams – No.9 Jax ... (click for more)

Rhasean Lowry, 34, Charged In Death of 3-Year-Old Girl

Rhasean Lowry, 34, was arrested for abusing a three-year-old girl, and then criminal homicide after she died. Last Tuesday, the Chattanooga Police Department was called on a suspected child abuse case. Lowry took the victim to a local hospital and he stated the victim fell down steps. Doctors advised that the victim’s injuries were the result of blunt force trauma consistent ... (click for more)

City IDB Member Who Made Motion For $9 Million Black Creek TIF Had Not Lived In City For Years

A City Industrial Development Board (IDB) member who made the motion to approve a controversial $9 million Black Creek Tax Increment Financing (TIF) had not lived in the city for years, City Attorney Wade Hinton confirmed. Chris Ramsey, a BlueCross BlueShield official, was not present at an IDB meeting on Tuesday morning. Five other board members were. Citizen Helen Burns ... (click for more)

Decimating The Chattanooga Public Library

Corinne Hill claims that the library is just undergoing a normal weeding process for eliminating books.  She has bragged that she's responsible for the elimination of over 100,000 books - with more to go. "Normal" weeding is not rampant throwing away.  Yes, books go to the Friends for their sale - where they get $2 for a $75 book and thousands wind up being recycled ... (click for more)

The Many Lessons I Learned From Helen McDonald Exum

Helen McDonald Exum was my friend and mentor. As I think of her passing I can only imagine the celebration that is happening in heaven as the news of her arrival is being told. I am sure that there is a party that not only has she organized but that there is not a detail that has been left to chance. I am sure that it is the grandest of events, for you see, she has been planing ... (click for more)