Lady Mocs Win At Georgia Southern

Taylor Hall Joins 1,000 Point Club

Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Taylor Hall
Taylor Hall
- photo by Tim Evearitt

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga senior Taylor Hall (New Tazewell, Tenn.) became the 27th member of the UTC women’s 1,000-Point Club Monday at Hanner Fieldhouse and led Chattanooga to a 72-60 win over Georgia Southern Monday night. UTC improves to 19-3 on the year and 11-0 in Southern Conference play while the Eagles fall to 7-15 overall and 5-6 in league action.

Hall scored a career-high 25 points against the Eagles while netting her 10th double-double of the year with 11 rebounds in 39 minutes. She was 11-of-12 from the free throw line, matching her career-high for charity tosses and added three assists and four steals.

The game started slow with neither team able to gather much offense. Over the first 6:10 of the game the two teams combined for 4-of-11 from the field and Georgia Southern’s Anna Claire Knight missed a pair of free throws while Chattanooga had five of the six turnovers in that time frame. With the score tied 5-5, Georgia Southern outscored UTC 9-4 over the next 3:52 to take its largest lead of the game, 14-9 with 9:58 to play in the first.

Chattanooga scored the next six points to take its first lead of the game, 15-14, with 8:41 to play in the opening stanza. The two teams would continue to battle it out with three more ties down the stretch and one lead change. Chattanooga would trail at the half for just the third time this year with GSU leading 30-28.

In the second half, Georgia Southern’s Briana Jones hit the first bucket to put the Eagles up 32-28, their largest lead of the half. From there Chattanooga would put together a 7-0 run started by a layup from Hall at the 18:54 mark. Freshman Aryanna Gilbert (Columbia, Tenn.) grabbed an offensive rebound less than a minute later and had a put back to tie the game before classmate Chelsey Shumpert (Paducah, Ky.) drained the first of her third 3-pointer to give UTC the lead for good with 16:42 to play.

Georgia Southern would twice get the score back to within a point but UTC freshman Whitney Hartlage (Louisville, Ky.) was fouled as she drove to the basket. Her two free throws sparked a 16-0 run capped off by Shumpert’s second and third 3-pointers, giving UTC its largest lead of the game at 55-38 with 8:12 to play.

Georgia Southern outscored UTC 8-3 over the next 4:00 to make it 58-46 in Chattanooga’s favor with 4:12 to play. One minute later Hall missed her chance at 1,000 points but teammate Ka’Vonne Towns (Lilburn, Ga.) grabbed the rebound to keep the possession alive. She missed a 3-point chance, but Hall returned the favor by grabbing the board. She missed a layup attempt and snared the rebound again and this time found the rim sinking the shot and drawing the foul for her 1,001st career point.

The Mocs final 12 points would all be free throws beginning with Hall’s “and 1”. She would hit seven of her eight attempts in the final minutes and tie her career-best for made free throws with 11 while UTC combined for 11-of-14 free throws in the last 3:12 of the game.

Chattanooga’s bench outscored Georgia Southern 21-8 and the two went point-for-point in the paint with 26 each. UTC scored 25 points off 18 Eagle turnovers compared to GSU’s 11 points off 13 Chattanooga miscues. The Mocs outrebounded the Eagles 39-28 and scored 14 points off 13 offensive boards.

Shumpert had 13 points for UTC, all in the second half, and was 3-of-4 from the 3-point line. Towns had eight points for UTC with two steals while senior Ashlen Dewart (Spartanburg, S.C.) contributed six points and five rebounds. Chattanooga was 24-of-59 (40.7%) from the field and 6-of-20 (30%) from the 3-point line while draining 90 percent (18-of-20) of its free throws.

In the first half, Georgia Southern made several trips to the free throw line making 12-of-15 but was just 5-of-6 in the second half. The Eagles were 5-of-12 from the 3-point line while making 19-of-48 from the field.

Knight led three Georgia Southern players in double figures with 19 points. Briana Jones and MiMi DuBose each added 13 points for GSU while Jones and Sierra Kirkland each grabbed a team-high six points.

UTC has now won 15 straight games and runs its Southern Conference win streak to 27 consecutive games.

Chattanooga returns home Saturday to host Appalachian State at Maclellan Gym in a “Throw Back” game. The event is set to tip off at 2 p.m. All former Lady Mocs are asked to contact the Mocs Club at 423.425.4773 to RSVP.


Lookouts Fall To Suns Tuesday, 3-2

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Jacksonville Suns drew four walks against Chattanooga Lookouts right-hander Zack Jones in the ninth inning, the last being a bases-loaded walk by Suns third baseman Brian Anderson that forced in the winning run for a 3-2 victory in front of 3,001 at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville. Aaron Slegers made the start for the Lookouts in this one and ... (click for more)

Parking Options Announced For Vols' Season Opener On Thursday

With the University of Tennessee’s football home opener on Thursday, fans heading to the game should anticipate some logistical deviations from a traditional Saturday game. Shuttle services to and from Neyland Stadium will be limited, and there will likely be waits to board the shuttles as kickoff approaches. City transportation planners are recommending that regular game-day ... (click for more)

State Board In Nashville Approves New Erlanger Behavioral Health Hospital

Members of the board of the Tennessee Health Services and Development Agency in Nashville on Wednesday unanimously approved a new $25 million Behavioral Health Hospital planned by Erlanger Health Systems on Holzclaw Avenue.   Parkridge Valley Hospital and CADAS had opposed the issuance of Certificate of Need.  The 88-bed facility will provide "acute adult inpatient ... (click for more)

Pinkston Says Offer Was Made To Dismiss Lawsuit Against Him If Prosecution Of Detective Burns Was Dropped; Judge Greenholtz "Greatly Bothered" By Any Such Offer

District Attorney Neal Pinkston said at a hearing Tuesday that an offer was made to drop a lawsuit filed against him by Gatlinburg detective Rodney Burns if he would dismiss two perjury counts against Burns. The district attorney said he should not be disqualified from continuing to prosecute the case or else attorneys would begin suing him or the judge to get a new DA or trial ... (click for more)

Downtown Needs Cleaned Up

My son and I parked on Broad Street and walked to the Billiard Club on Cherry Street this past weekend. It's probably a total of two blocks. In that short walk we passed where Rone Regency used to be on 6th Street and in that doorway was about a years worth of human feces and urine covering the doors and walls. The concrete sidewalk on the street is all broken up and the metal ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Ooltewah & The Bullies

During the week of Christmas I got an email from a longtime friend at the Knoxville News-Sentinel that laughingly wondered what kind of basketball do you people play (in Chattanooga?) It included sketchy details of the rape, and subsequent surgery, of an Ooltewah High School basketball player who had been assaulted by his own teammates at a Gatlinburg holiday tournament. Today ... (click for more)