UTC Women Fall Short in Upset Bid Against 19th Ranked Florida

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) – Eleanna Christinaki scored a career-high 29 points and No. 19 Florida pulled away from Chattanooga in the fourth quarter for a 72-61 victory on Monday.

Haley Lorenzen matched her career best with 16 points for the Gators (2-0), who led 52-51 after three quarters.

The Mocs (1-1) tied the game at 56 on a Keiana Gilbert jumper but Christinaki quickly answered with a 3-pointer. Florida was clinging to a 63-61 lead when Ronni Williams fed Lorenzen for a layup with 4:13 to play to start a game-ending 8-0 run.

Christinaki contributed a layup, Dyandria Anderson knocked down a 3 and Lorenzen finished the scoring with a layup at 1:21 on an assist from Anderson. Chattanooga missed its last six shots.

Florida had a 46-26 rebounding advantage, 18-6 on the offensive end, which led to a 16-2 difference in second-chance points. Christinaki led the way with nine rebounds.

Jasmine Joyner led UTC with 16 points and 8 rebounds. Teammate Shelbie Davenport added 14 points.

The game marked the return of former Bradley Central star Brooke Copeland.
The Gators guard came off the bench and scored fours points, and she added three rebounds.

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