UTC Women Close Out Non-Conference Schedule With 62-58 Win Over Harvard

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women’s basketball team closed out non-conference action with a 62-58 win over Harvard Monday night at the McKenzie Arena.

Chattanooga improved to 9-5 on the season while the Crimson fall to 5-8 on the year.

Juniors Jasmine Joyner led the Mocs with 16 points and just missed a double-double with nine rebounds. She was 7-of-15 from the floor in 31 minutes of play. Classmate Moses Johnson was 5-of-6 on the night with 11 points and five rebounds.

Harvard started out with a 6-2 lead on the Mocs, but UTC wouldn’t let that stand and quickly outscored the Crimson 6-2 to tie it up 8-8 with 5:14 to go in the first. Freshman Nakeia Burks hit the first of her two 3-pointers less than a minute later to give Chattanooga the lead for good. Her second trey in the quarter put UTC up 16-10 at the close of the first frame.

In the second period, Johnson was 3-of-3 from the field with a 3-pointer from the right side for seven of her 11 points. Harvard made it a 22-18 game with 4:11 to play in the quarter on a pair of free throws from Destiny Nunley, but UTC outscored the Crimson 11-2 the rest of the way to expand its lead to 33-20 at intermission.

 

Chattanooga maintained its double-digit lead throughout most of the third quarter with a balanced attack on offense. Joyner scored six of her team-high 16 points and the Mocs shot 50 percent. The Mocs largest lead of the game came on a jumper from sophomore Aryanna Gilbert with 9:21 to go in the game. Gilbert made her return to the lineup after missing a few games due to injury.

The Mocs would get its lead back up to 19 points twice more in the frame, but it would be all Crimson who outscored UTC 26-13 in the final quarter. All of Chattanooga scoring in the fourth would come from the bench as starters Joyner, Johnson and Burks played just one minute. Junior Queen Alford (Decatur, Ga.) was 2-of-2 from the floor and scored five of her nine points in the quarter while playing all 10 minutes.

Senior Alicia Payne tied her season-high for assists with six. She added five points and had two of the Mocs’ three steals.

Chattanooga was 26-of-57 (45.6%) for the game and made four 3-pointers. Harvard edged UTC on the boards 37-35 and converted 15 offensive boards into 17 second chance points compared to the Mocs 11 points on 10 offensive rebounds.

In the paint, UTC outscored the Crimson 34-28 and had a 10-0 advantage on fastbreak points. Harvard was led in scoring by AnnMarie Healy who had a game-high 19 points. Shilpa Tummala was 3-of-6 from beyond the arc and added 11 points with seven rebounds. Also pulling down seven boards was Destiny Nunley with 10 points.

Chattanooga travels to Wofford for a Thursday evening tilt against the Terriers to open Southern Conference play. The game is set to tip off at 6 p.m.

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