CHATTANOOGA WOMEN UPEND RIVAL ETSU 65-57 ON THE ROAD
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (GOMOCS.COM) — The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women’s basketball defeated East Tennessee State 65-57 in Southern Conference action at Brooks Gym Saturday afternoon. The Mocs improve to 14-7 on the year and 5-2 in SoCon play while the Bucs fall to 12-10 overall and 4-3 in league action.
“We knew this three-game stretch would be tough,” Chattanooga head coach Jim Foster said. “We knew we’d have to toughen up and get something out of it. We had a week and tweaked some things.”
Junior Jasmine Joyner (Southaven, Miss.) had a team-high 19 points for the Mocs, scoring 13 of those points in the second half and was 4-of-4 from the free throw line. She added a team-best seven rebounds and six blocked shots and now has 271 career blocks and took over sole possession of second place in the SoCon.
Sophomore Keiana Gilbert (Pulaski, Tenn.) had 14 points for the Mocs with five rebounds, two assists and two steals while junior Queen Alford (Decatur, Ga.) had 11 points and six rebounds.
Chattanooga scored the first five points of the game before the Bucs took its first lead on back-to-back 3-pointers from Tianna Tarter and Shamauria Bridges. The lead would change six times and be tied once in the first half.
The Mocs would take the lead for good on a 3-pointer from Moses Johnson (Atlanta, Ga.) with 6:20 to go in the second quarter. That started a 13-2 UTC run, putting Chattanooga out front 30-21 with 1:21 to play in half.
The second half started with a 7-3 run by the Mocs to push its lead to double figures at 37-27 less than three minutes into the frame. ETSU took advantage of a UTC turnover to get four quick points, cutting the Mocs’ lead to 39-33 with 5:03 to go in the third quarter.
However, Chattanooga responded with a 13-5 scoring advantage over the next 6:29 to grab its largest lead of the game at 52-38 with 7:56 to play in the game. The Bucs would manage to get as close as five points from a trio of free throws with 2:47 to play, making it 58-53.
Over the next 2:09, ETSU would miss three opportunities to get any closer. Joyner, who had missed all three of her attempts from long range, stepped up and drained her fourth attempt with 38 seconds to play, putting the Mocs back up 61-53.
The Mocs went 4-for-6 from the free throw line down the stretch and go on to get its 53rd win against ETSU since the two began competing in 1975.
Bridges led all scorers with 23 points making 4-of-12 from beyond the arc and was 8-of-21 overall. Tarter was the only other ETSU player in double figures with 16 points. She had five rebounds and five assists. Shomari Kendrick had a game-high nine rebounds to go along with six points.
Chattanooga was 24-of-48 from the field, shooting 50 percent or better for the fifth time this season. The Mocs made 6-of-14 (42.9%) from the 3-point line led by Gilbert’s two. The Bucs shots 38.6% (22-of-57) and were 6-of-21 (28.6%) from the arc.
The Mocs return home for a two-game stretch to host Furman at 5:30 on February 4 at the Roundhouse. The men will host Wofford in the nightcap. Tickets are on sale at the McKenzie Arena box office or online at GoMocs.com.