Thursday, October 23, 2014 · 3:57 a.m.

Lady Mocs cruise to road win at Belmont

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NASHVILLE — Chattanooga’s women’s basketball team improved to 2-0 on the season with the Lady Mocs’ 84-54 win over Belmont on Wednesday at the Curb Event Center. 

Junior Taylor Hall scored a game-high 16 points in just 20 minutes of action, and the 6-1 forward, who shot 5-of-8 from the field, also brought down five rebounds. Junior Faith Dupree and freshman Titianna Jackson each added 12 points.

“I liked our effort again,” UTC head coach Wes Moore said. “Technique-wise, we are still not doing some of the things defensively that we want to do. We have to get everybody to buy in. I like the fact that we got some turnovers.”

Junior Ashlen Dewart finished with 10 points, while senior Kayla Christopher and junior Destiny Bramblett each chipped in eight. 

“I like the fact that everybody contributed and everybody brought something to the table,” Moore said.

Hall spotted Chattanooga an early 5-0 lead with a jumper and a 3-pointer less than two minutes into the contest, and the Lady Mocs, who never trailed in the game, extended their lead to double-digits midway through through the first half. 

The Lady Bruins trimmed their deficit to 17 on six straight first-half free throws from Alyssa Visbeen, but UTC responded with a 7-0 run. The Lady Mocs’ largest lead —84-52 — came with 40 seconds remaining on a layup by junior Meghan Downes. 

Chattanooga shot 29-of-60 (48.3 percent) from the field, and finished 7-of-15 (46.7 percent) from beyond the arc. The Lady Mocs outrebounded Belmont 39-31 while dishing out 14 assists and forcing 12 turnovers. 

UTC returns to action on Saturday evening to face former Southern Conference rival East Tennessee State at McKenzie Arena.

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