The Chattanooga women’s basketball team captured its first Southern Conference victory of the season Saturday, rolling to a lopsided 86-53 win over UNC Greensboro in what served as both squads' SoCon opener.
“I thought the ball moved well,” UTC head coach Jim Foster said. “We did a good job keeping a very athletic team off the glass in the second half. We limited their opportunities and didn’t turn the ball over. The ball movement was good and when the ball moves like that we’re pretty good.”
Taylor Hall notched her fifth straight double-double for the Lady Mocs (7-3, 1-0), finishing with a game-high 18 points and 10 rebounds. A pair of UTC freshman, Aryanna Gilbert and Chelsey Shumpert, joined Hall in double figures with 12 and 12, respectively. Freshman Jasmine Joyner posted an impressive stat line as well, collecting three points, five rebounds, a pair of steals and three blocked shots.
“Their baskets came in the framework of what we do, so I like that,” Foster said of the freshmen. “Their non-success came when they stopped outside of that. ... All of the freshmen did a good job. They made unselfish plays.”
The Lady Mocs limited the Spartans (4-5, 0-1) to just under 36 percent (29 of 64) from the field, forced 15 turnovers and held a 43-29 advantage on the glass in the one-sided victory. It wasn’t until late in the first half that Chattanooga began to pull away, though.
Hall, who now has six double-doubles on the season, buried a 3-pointer with 4:37 left to spot her team a 27-24 advantage and spark a 10-2 UTC run to conclude the first period. The Lady Mocs' eight-point halftime advantage only grew in the opening minutes of the second. By the time the 10-minute mark rolled around, they'd increased their lead to 21.
“We were in front of them,” Foster said. “I think when they have had success they have been able to beat people off the dribble. We did a good job of keeping them in front of us. We switched some things and then played some smart defensive basketball.”
The Lady Mocs will remain on the road, returning to action Monday at Elon, which is set to tip off at 7 p.m.
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