Lady Mocs Win Southern Conference Tournament Title

UTC Wins 25th Straight Game, 15th Conference Title

Monday, March 10, 2014

The Chattanooga Mocs (29-3) won their 15th Southern Conference Tournament Championship 71-45 over Davidson (16-16). It was the 25th win in a row for the Mocs who punched their dance card for the 12th time in school history and sixth in the last nine years.

Alex Black was sensational scoring a career-high 22 points to lead four Mocs in double figures. Taylor Hall added 12 points, seven rebounds and five assists. Laura Murray scored 17 to lead the Wildcats. Dakota Dukes added 14 points and a game-high nine boards.

It was a see-saw battle early before the Mocs took control with a 13-2 run. The spurt was capped by Meghan Downes’ three-pointer at 7:47 as the shot clock expired. Dukes got the lead under 10 with a free throw with 3:38 to go in the first half, but that’s as close it got. Chattanooga took a 13-point lead into the break.

Shneeka Center’s jumper at 12:38 got the Wildcats within 11, 43-32, but it was all Mocs from there. Black started and finished a 15-2 run. Her three-pointer at 6:40 made it 58-34 and put an exclamation point on a career night for the senior from Memphis.

From there it was about history. Murray’s layup with 1:03 etched her name atop the Davidson record books. She passed former teammate Sophia Aleksandravicius by one point.

Chattanooga’s Head Coach Jim Foster found a new first for his Hall of Fame career. He is the first NCAA Division I head coach to lead four different schools to the NCAA Tournament previously directing St. Joseph’s, Vanderbilt and Ohio State as well.

The win extends the ladies all-time SoCon Tournament record to 47-16 and also continued another win streak. The squad has a sterling 15-0 mark in finals appearances.

It was a dominating performance. The bench nearly out-scored the Wildcats with 33 total points. Ka’Vonne Townes and Faith Dupree each had 10 points leading the reserves. The Mocs shot 48.3 percent from the field (29-60) including a 50 percent (7-14) performance beyond the arc.

As smooth as the offense was, the defense was suffocating. Chattanooga limited Davidson to 32.7 percent (18-55) from the floor with a mere three three-point field goals (23.1%). The Wildcats were also forced into 17 turnovers which led to 21 points for the champs.

Three Chattanooga student-athletes were honored for their performances this weekend. Hall and Black earned first team all-tourney berths, while Ashlen Dewart was placed on the second team. Hall is the Most Outstanding Player, the 14th in school history.

The Mocs capture the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. This year’s field learns its seeding and travel plans on Monday, March 17, at 7 p.m. The selection show airs on ESPN.

ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
Taylor Hall (Most Outstanding Player)

FIRST TEAM
Taylor Hall, Chattanooga
Alex Black, Chattanooga
Dakota Dukes, Davidson
Laura Murray, Davidson
Justin Taylor, Western Carolina

SECOND TEAM
Ashlen Dewart, Chattanooga
Kelsey Harris, Elon
Sarah Duclaller, Furman
Anna Claire Knight, Georgia Southern
Rena Wakama, Western Carolina


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