Lady Mocs Rally From 12 Point Deficit in Road Win Over Furman

GREENVILLE, S.C. — The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women’s basketball team rallied from a 12-point second half deficit at Furman to win 47-40 claiming its 36th consecutive regular season Southern Conference victory.

Chattanooga improves to 14-3 on the year and 2-0 in SoCon play while the Paladins drop to 11-7 overall and 0-2 in league action.

With 15:43 to play in the game, Furman’s Holli Wilkins hit a 3-pointer from the left corner to give the Paladins their largest lead of the game at 34-22. The Mocs would turn up the defensive pressure and the offense kicked in and UTC outscored Furman 25-6 over the remainder of the game.

The run started with a steal by freshman Keiana Gilbert who passed the ball along to junior Alicia Payne whose pass to sophomore Chelsey Shumpert cut the lead to 34-25 with a 3-pointer.

Senior Ka’Vonne Towns got one of her game-high five steals on the ensuing possession and a fast break pass to sophomore Jasmine Joyner made it a seven-point game with 14:20 on the clock.

Furman rebuilt its lead to 38-27 on three Chattanooga turnovers and a pair of layups from Brittany Hodges over the next three minutes. But the Mocs wouldn’t be held back for long.

With the shot clock winding down for Furman, Cierra Carter put up a long 3-pointer that was blocked by Gilbert. She grabbed the ball out of the air and sent the pass down the court to a racing Shumpert who hit the layup. Shumpert, with pressure on Wilkins, forced the turnover and once again was off to the races with another fastbreak layup.

But that was not all for the Mocs. Chattanooga kept up the pressure on the Paladins and senior Destiny Bramblett (Radcliff, Ky.) forced a turnover and led Shumpert for her sixth straight point in less than one minute to cut Furman’s advantage to 38-33 with 8:32 to play.

With 7:10 remaining, Whitney Bunn got the last shot for the Paladins in the game with a driving layup to put Furman back up 40-33. Chattanooga answered with a 3-pointer from Towns who scored all eight of her points in the Mocs final 6:47 to make it 40-36.

Chattanooga added 11 more points including a pair of free throws from Payne and Joyner in the final 20 seconds to stretch the Mocs’ advantage.

Furman was 0-for-10 over the final 7:10 with four turnovers and two missed free throws.

Shumpert scored a game-high 15 points with three rebounds, three assists and three steals along with one blocked shot. Payne, Towns and Joyner each chipped in eight points for UTC. Joyner had a team-high nine rebounds and added six blocked shots. Payne had three assists while Towns matched her career-high for rebounds with seven and had five steals and three assists.

Joyner has 72 blocked shots through 17 games this season and ranks seventh on the SoCon single-season charts.

Hodges led Furman with a double-double scoring a game-high 15 points with 10 rebounds. Bunn had 12 points and the league-leader was held to just one assist on the night. Cierra Carter had a game-high 13 rebounds with three assists.

UTC held Furman to just 17 second half points. Chattanooga edged the Paladins 26-24 in the paint and scored 21 points off 19 Furman turnovers. The Mocs didn’t allow Furman a single second chance point on 11 offensive rebounds while getting seven points off 16 boards off the offensive glass.

Furman outrebounded Chattanooga 40-38 and shot 35.4 percent from the field. Chattanooga was 19-of-64 (29.7%) for the game. After making just 1-of-8 from the 3-point line in the first half, the Mocs were 3-of-7 (42.9%) in the second half and made all five free throw attempts.

The win was the Mocs’ 10th straight this season, 12th all-time at Chattanooga and 36th consecutive Southern Conference victory, a school record dating back to Jan. 12, 2013 at Georgia Southern.

Chattanooga will return to Chattanooga to host Western Carolina Saturday, Jan. 17 at 2 p.m.

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