The Chattanooga women’s basketball team returned to McKenzie Arena after four consecutive road games, and the Lady Mocs didn’t disappoint the 2,183 fans in attendance as they cruised to a 75-43 win over Georgia Southern.
It was great to be at home,” Chattanooga head coach Wes Moore said. “We’ve been on the road for a month, and you play in front of some places where only 300-400 people are there. To come back home and have well over 2,000 people here was nice. We appreciate the support we get.”
Juniors Taylor Hall and Ashlen Dewart combined for 30 points to lead UTC (11-3, 4-1 Southern Conference), which held a 35-23 advantage at the break, while senior Kylie Lambert tied her season high with 10 rebounds in the lopsided victory.
“Aside from Tennessee, I thought this was the most intense game we’ve played all season,” Lambert said. “I think it was so intense because we were back home. It is really nice to be back home and have the home-court advantage.
The Lady Eagles (2-13, 1-5), who trailed by as much as 34, pulled to within 12 on MiMi DuBose’s 3-pointer with 14:41 remaining, but Chattanooga used a 27-3 run late in the second half to bury Georgia Southern.
“They didn’t back down, they hung in there,” Moore said. “It was kind of touch and go in the second half, but I thought at that point that we really stepped it up.”
The Lady Mocs forced 17 turnovers in the second half, while committing just four of their own.
Hall, who finished with a team-high 16 points, colllected 14 points, two assists and a steal in the second half.
“It always feels good to hit some shots, especially when I have been in a slump,” Hall said. “My teammates did a great job of getting me the ball. They were looking for me when I was posting up and made a lot of great passes to get me the ball.”
Georgia Southern was led by DuBose’s 13 points and four asssists, while Meredyth Frye added eight points, five rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocked shots.
The Lady Mocs return to action Monday when they host Georgia Southern.