UTC Women Put Five Players in Double Figures to Beat WCU
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — University of Tennessee at Chattanooga sophomore Chelsey Shumpert led five players in double figures for the Mocs who sailed past Western Carolina 83-52 at the McKenzie Arena Saturday afternoon.
Shumpert led all scorers with 15 points and topped her career-best for assists with nine. She was 6-of-10 from the field and 3-of-6 from beyond the arc. Freshman Keiana Gilbert was 6-of-7 for the day with 14 points and two steals while sophomore Jasmine Joyner was shy of a double-double with 12 points and eight rebounds to go along with five blocked shots.
Also in double digits for UTC was senior Destiny Bramblett who had 11 points, making 5-of-7 from the field. Junior Alicia Payne (Memphis, Tenn.) nailed a 3-pointer with the shot clock winding down early in the second half and closed out the game with 10 points for the Mocs.
The Mocs started early with pressure on the Catamounts UTC force seven turnovers and was 5-of-7 from the field to lead 13-2 just 5:15 into the game. After falling behind 21-6 midway through the first half, however, Western Carolina scored seven straight points to make it a 21-13 game with 9:06 to go in the first half and got as close as 27-20 with 6:12 to go in the half.
That didn’t last, as the Mocs stepped up the intensity and outscored WCU 20-8 leading into the break for a 47-28 halftime advantage.
“This team has a lot of energy,” Chattanooga head coach Jim Foster said. “Wherever they are, home, away, neutral, and that’s a good thing.”
Chattanooga continued to push onto the second half and got its largest lead of the game, 76-40, on a 3-pointer from Towns with 7:39 to play.
The Mocs were 31-of-57 (54.4%) for their fifth game this season shooting better than 50 percent and topped the 80-point mark for the first time this year. The Mocs made nine treys and were 12-of-18 (66.7%) from the free throw line.
Chattanooga outscored the Catamounts 42-24 in the paint and scored 20 points off 18 WCU turnovers. UTC had a season-high 22 assists and just 10 miscues allowing Western Carolina 12 points off turnovers. The Mocs won the battle of the boards 33-26 and scored five points off nine offensive rebounds.
Western Carolina was led in scoring by Justin Taylor who came off the bench with 13 points. Brianne Mack had eight points and four rebounds while three other players hit six points. Kyia Hough had a team-high five rebounds to go along with five points and three assists.
Western Carolina’s bench contributed 32 points while the Mocs, who got scoring from all 10 players, had 24. The Cats were 21-of-51 from the field and 3-of-6 from the 3-point line while making 7-of-9 free throws.
The Mocs improve to 15-3 overall and 3-0 in SoCon play while Western Carolina drops to 8-10 on the year and 0-3 in league action.
Chattanooga will take a brief road trip into North Carolina to take on UNCG at Fleming Gymnasium Monday night at 7 p.m.