NASHVILLE, Tenn. --- The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women’s basketball team got a balanced effort Wednesday night to nab an 84-54 win over Belmont at the Curb Event Center in non-conference action.
Junior Taylor Hall, playing just 20 minutes, led all scorers with 16 points as UTC Head Coach Wes Moore got more players into the game. She went 5-of-8 from the floor and missed her fourth 3-point attempt after making each of her first three. She was 3-of-4 from the free throw line as well and grabbed five rebounds.
Junior Faith Dupree added 12 points and three assists while freshman Tatianna Jackson also had 12 going 4-of-5 from the floor, 2-for-3 from the 3-point line and had four steals. Junior Ashlen Dewart was the fourth Chattanooga player in double figures with 10 points and was 4-for-6 from the charity stripe.
Senior Kayla Christopher and junior Destiny Bramblett each tossed in eight points in the win. Christopher, along with Dupree, dished out three assists each while senior Kylie Lambert and sophomore Ka’Vonne Towns.
Chattanooga jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead behind a jumper from Hall and a 3-pointer from Hall less than two minutes into the contest. UTC grew its led to double figures just over halfway through the first half to 28-17 at the 9:10 mark and never trailed throughout the game.
Belmont’s Alyssa Visbeen hit a 3-pointer to pull the Bruins within one, but that was as close as it would get the rest of the game as Chattanooga pushed its lead to 16 in the first half on a jumper from Dewart.
In the second half, the two team started out trading shots with the Lady Mocs taking a 52-37 lead at the 13:42 mark. A 7-0 run by UTC put Chattanooga up 59-37. Jackson hit a free throw and grabbed a steal that led to a layup stretching the Lady Mocs’ lead to 62-39 with 9:55 to play.
Belmont cut the lead to 17, 62-45, on six straight free throws from Visbeen, but UTC responded with another 7-0 run, fueled by five made free throws to go up 69-45 with 5:54 to play. The Lady Mocs largest lead came with 40 seconds remaining, 84-52, on a layup from junior Meghan Downes.
The Lady Mocs were 29-of-60 from the field (48.3%) and was 7-of-15 (46.7%) from beyond the arc. UTC was 19-of-26 from the free throw line and outrebounded Belmont 39-31. Chattanooga dished out 14 assists, had 12 steals and 12 turnovers.
Belmont (1-2) shot just 32 percent (16-of-50) from the floor and was 5-of-18 (27.8%) from the 3-point line while getting a near-perfect performance at the free throw line making 17-of-18.
Chattanooga improves to 2-0 on the year and will return home to host former Southern Conference rival East Tennessee State Saturday, Nov. 17 at 7:30 p.m.