The Chattanooga women’s basketball team notched its sixth straight win on Saturday afternoon, defeating future Southern Conference foe East Tennessee State 70-61 at the ETSU/MSHA Athletics Center to improve to 10-3 on the season.
Senior Ashlen Dewart finished with a team-high 16 points, six rebounds, two steals and a block in her team's nine-point win, leading three UTC players in double figures. Freshman Chelsey Shumpert added 10 points on 3-of-3 shooting, while sophomore Tatianna Jackson contributed 10 points and five boards—four on the offensive end.
“All games are different and the personnel you are going to need for games is different,” UTC head coach Jim Foster said. “I thought Tat’ played her best game of the season and did a lot of the things I think she is capable of doing. Sometimes I think she guards herself. Today, I think she was aggressive and, again, did a lot of good things.”
Both teams were a little slow coming out of the gates Saturday, and ETSU actually held a three-point lead around the nine-minute mark of the first half. That was just about the time junior Ka’Vonne Towns drained a 3-pointer from the right side, though, knotting things up at 18-18 and sparking an 11-2 run for UTC.
Dewart capped her team’s one-sided stretch with a three-point play, spotting the Lady Mocs a 26-20 lead with 4:55 left, an by halftime, they’d increased their advantage to 32-26.
Chattanooga, which shot 12 of 21 from the field (57.1%) and 13 of 16 from the free-throw line in the final 20 minutes, started the second half with a 7-2 run to stretch the lead to double digits. ETSU briefly reduced its deficit to 39-31 with around 16 minutes to play, but that was as close as it came get the rest of the way.
The Lady Mocs led by as much as 61-45 following a 3-pointer with 5:12 left.
East Tennessee State’s Serena Clark, Maria Bond and Cara Bowling accounted for most of the Buccaneers' offense. Bowling posted a game-high 19 points on 7 of 12 shooting, Bond finished with 17 points—11 in the second half—and Clark added 15 points with a game-high seven boards.
Two-time SoCon Player of the Week Taylor Hall finished with eight points, five rebounds and four assists in 31 minutes of action, while Towns added eight points, four rebounds, four assists and two steals. Senior Faith Dupree had seven points and four rebounds, as UTC’s bench scored ETSU’s 33-3.
Michael Murphy covers UTC athletics for Nooga.com. Follow him on Twitter @MichaelNooga.
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