The Chattanooga women’s basketball team picked up its fifth straight win on Wednesday evening, a 66-60 victory over Samford at the Pete Hanna Center.
The Lady Mocs (15-3, 8-1 Southern Conference) started the game 6-for-8 from the field, including three 3-pointers, to jump on top of the Lady Bulldogs 15-0 with 16:44 remaining in the first half. The sizable lead didn’t last long, though.
A layup by Jazmine Martin at the nine-minute mark of the opening period capped a 9-2 Lady Bulldogs run and brought Samford’s deficit to single digits.
Chattanooga, which led 30-19 at the break, led by as little as two in the second half following a 13-4 Lady Bulldogs to open the period. Samford pulled to within a single score on several occasions in the second half, but couldn’t quite get over the hump.
Martin made the score 62-60 following her jumper with 1:10 remaining, but UTC junior Ashlen Dewart scored a layup while junior Alex Black and senior Kayla Christopher went 3-for-3 from the free-throw line in the final minute.
“They’re tough,” Chattanooga coach Wes Moore said. “Here at home especially, they were 6-1 coming into this game. You knew it was going to be a struggle. We were short-handed. We found out today that Kylie Lambert would not play. We had some other people step up. Meghan Downs started and hit some big shots, and Tatiana Jackson had an unbelievable game.”
Dewart scored a team-high 14 points for the Lady Mocs, Christopher and junior Taylor Hall each added 12, while Jackson chipped in nine points in the narrow victory. Downs, who finished 3 of 8 from the field, contributed seven points, two rebounds and an assist.
Chattanooga returns home on Saturday evening when the SoCon leading Lady Mocs host Appalachian State.