UTC Women Get 16th Straight Win After Knocking Off ETSU

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. — With more than 2,000 screaming elementary schools in the stands, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women’s basketball team came away with a 64-56 Southern Conference win over ETSU Monday at Brooks Gym on Education Day.

The Mocs improve to 20-3 on the year and during the game jumped two spots in the AP Top 25 Poll to 23. Chattanooga is the only undefeated team in league play, improving to 8-0. The win was the Mocs’ 16th straight this year and 42nd consecutive regular season league win. The Bucs, returning to the SoCon after a nine-year hiatus, drop to 14-8 on the year and suffer its first loss in conference play this season, moving to 6-1.

Sophomore Chelsey Shumpert  recorded a career-best with a game-high 22 points. She was 8-of-14 from the field with a pair of 3-pointers. Senior Ka’Vonne Towns (Lilburn, Ga.) was 7-of-8 from the free throw line and had 13 points while senior Destiny Bramblett scored 10 points off the bench making 4-of-7 from the field with a pair of free throws and had a team-high five rebounds.

Junior Alicia Payne had eight points for the Mocs with four rebounds, four steals and four assists while protecting the ball with no turnovers. Sophomore Jasmine Joyner added seven points for UTC with three rebounds and three steals. She have five blocked shots to move to fifth on the Southern Conference single season list with 93.

ETSU’s Destiny Mitchell recorded a double-double with 18 points and 15 boards. She had 10 offensive rebounds and was 4-of-4 from the free throw line. Tianna Tarter had 15 points and seven rebounds while Serena Clark added 13 points and seven boards.

With the game never getting to far out of reach for either team with five lead changes and eight ties, Towns hit a pair of free throws with 14:54 to play in the game. That sparked a 13-4 run by Chattanooga capped off by a steal and fastbreak layup from Payne to make it 44-37 with 10:37 to play. The Mocs would never trail again.

ETSU managed to cut the lead to 50-48 with 3:20 to play on a pair of free throws by Mitchell, but the Mocs got a buzzer beater layup from Payne as the shot clock expired and an old-fashioned 3-point play from Shumpert to stretch the lead back out to seven points at 55-48.

While Shumpert’s layup would be the last field goal for the Mocs in the game, UTC was 9-of-11 from the free throw line in the final 1:13.

The Bucs outrebounded UTC 40-23 with 15 offensive rebounds. In the paint ETSU outscored the Mocs 46-30 and had a 17-4 advantage on second chance points. The Mocs forced 17 turnovers and edged ETSU 13-10 on points off turnovers.

The Mocs had 13 steals led by Payne’s four while Joyner and Gilbert added three each. UTC had just nine turnovers and was 16-of-21 from the free throw line.

Chattanooga shot 44.9 percent for the game after starting 1-of-6 from the field. The Mocs were 4-of-14 (28.6%) from the 3-point line while holding ETSU to 0-for-9 from long range.


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