SPARTANBURG, S.C. –The Chattanooga women’s basketball team extended its winning streak to eight games with the squad’s 63-44 win at Wofford on Monday,while remaining atop the Southern Conference.
Junior Alex Black scored 14 points to lead the Lady Mocs (18-3, 11-1 SoCon), tying her season high in just 15 minutes of action at Benjamin Johnson Arena. Black battled foul trouble throughout what turned out to be a lopsided victory, but she was and efficient scorer when she was on the court.
“She ended up scoring 14 points in 15 minutes,” UTC head coach Wes Moore said. “She was definitely our leading scorer at a point per minute almost. We need to get her a game like that and play her for 40 minutes. 3-for-3 from the 3-point line. Alex can shoot that thing.”
Chattanooga, which defeated the Terriers 68-54 in its Nov. 29 SoCon opener, trailed by as much as eight early in the first period, and the Lady Mocs faced a five-point deficit with 4:09 left in the half.
Black, who was held scoreless through the one-minute mark of the first half, knocked down a 3-pointer with 58 seconds remaining to give UTC a 24-23 edge – the team’s first lead in more than nine minutes – and the Lady Mocs held on to it the rest of the way.
The 5-8 guard kicked off the second-half scoring with her second trey of the contest, and Chattanooga strung together a 13-3 run in the first five minutes to extend its lead to 37-26.
Wofford (6-14, 1-11), which has now lost four straight, cut the deficit to six on a pair of free-throws from Morgan Wrightson with 10:17 remaining, but the Lady Mocs blew the game open with a 19-2 run over the next seven and a half minutes.
“We have had enough of these nail-biters going down to the final minute or so,” Moore said. “It was nice to have a game where we had a little bit of a lead and could rotate some people and not have to sweat it out down the stretch. It was a good team win and a lot of people did some good things.”
Junior Ashlen Dewart finished with nine points on three of five shooting, freshman Tatianna Jackson scored seven, while senior Kylie Lambert and junior Taylor Hall each added six. Hall also brought down a team-high eight rebounds, while senior Kayla Christopher finished with two points, three rebounds, four assists and three steals in 28 minutes of action.
“(We) forced 23 turnovers and got 16 steals,” Moore said. “That was what kept us in the game in the first half. We were getting outrebounded. We got our rear-ends kicked on the boards.”
Wofford, which held a 44-34 edge on the glass, was led by Daniella Motley and Rachel Brittenham, who each brought down eight rebounds. The 6-0 senior Motley also scored a game-high 16 points on 7 of 12 shooting.
“You have to give Motley credit,” Moore said. “She is a great offensive rebounder. … She is a tough matchup. We have to do a lot better job.”
UTC returns to action Wednesday when it hosts Samford at McKenzie Arena, the first of a three-game home swing for the Lady Mocs