Lady Mocs Top Western Carolina, 68-46

Monday, February 10, 2014
Alex Black was perfect behind the three-point range.
Alex Black was perfect behind the three-point range.
- photo by Tim Evearitt

Senior Alex Black was perfect from 3-point range (4-4) and scored 14 points and added three rebounds as the Chattanooga Lady Mocs improved to 21-3 on the season with a 68-46 Southern Conference home win against Western Carolina tonight at McKenzie Arena.

Fellow senior Ashlen Dewart also scored 14 and Taylor Hall contributed 10 points, seven boards and six assists as UTC has now won a D-I national-best 37 straight home games and is 13-0 in the SoCon.

Lindsey Simpson led Western Carolina (11-13, 5-8) with 14 points and Makensey Campbell added 11.

First Half: UTC didn't score its first points until three minutes into the game (3-pointer by Black for a 3-0 lead), but then trailing 5-3 at 15:32 went on a 16-0 run to lead 19-5 at 4:35 as seven players had scored.

"Western was patient on offense early on in the first half and ate up several seconds on each possession, thus keeping the score down," said UTC coach Jim Foster. "We had to change that tempo and push it up the floor which we eventually did.

"They are also a good defensive team and make you take a little more time on offense."

UTC, which drew 1,763 fans tonight, led 28-17 at intermission as Black led with nine (on 3, 3s). The Mocs led 26-11 at 1:23 before Lindsay Simpson buried a pair of 3s to pull within 11.

Second Half: UTC extended the lead to 17 (41-24) six minutes in on Blacks final 3-pointer. The largest lead was 22 (four times), the first coming at 8:25 on a layup by freshman Jasmine Joyner.

Good Numbers: 37 straight home wins ... 17 straight overall this season ... 29 straight SoCon wins

12 Players Played: "We have depth so you use it and wear teams down," coach Foster stated.

Ten of the 12 players scored. "The subs have to buy into the philosophy of sharing the ball. We are pretty good in transition and have intelligent passers."

Assists: UTC led, 20-9 ...

Shot Blocker: Freshman Jasmine Joyner led all players with three blocks ... "Faith Dupree has been injured for a few games, which has allowed Jazz to become an experienced freshman rather than an inexperienced freshman," coach Foster stated.

"She will break all our shot blocking records by the time she graduates ... she has length, timing and the discipline to be a great shot blocker."

Jasmine and Hall lead the team with 26 blocks each.

Points Off Turnovers UTC, 29-7

Points in the Paint: UTC, 42-10 ... We did a pretty good job of passing well and moving well and you do that and you will get high percentage points," said coach Foster.

Rebounds: UTC, 36-30

Shooting %:  UTC, 52,8%-27.5% ... UTC shot 60% in the second half

Next Game: Sat. March 15 - UTC at Furman  first of three on the road

Next Home Game: Feb. 28 vs. Elon ... Senior Day: Sun. March 2 .. UNC-Greensboro

Chattanooga 68, Western Carolina 46

Western Carolina 17 - 29 -- 46

Chattanooga 28 - 40 -- 68

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


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