BOONE, N.C. --- University of Tennessee at Chattanooga head coach Wes Moore emptied the bench and got scoring from every player in the Lady Mocs' 69-45 win over Appalachian State in the season finale at the Holmes Convocation Center Saturday afternoon.
The Lady Mocs close out the regular season with a 16-game win streak and improve to 26-3 overall. In Southern Conference action, Chattanooga finished the season with a 19-1 mark.
Junior transfer Ashlen Dewart (Spartanburg, S.C.) put up her seventh double-double of the season and second against her former team in as many meetings with a game-high 13 points and 11 rebounds in 19 minutes. Junior Taylor Hall had 12 points, six rebounds, three assists and two steals.
Chattanooga got started early leading 9-0 just over three minutes into the game and led wire-to-wire for the ninth time this season. The Mountaineers climbed back into the game with scoring from four different players to make it 17-14 with 11:05 to play in the first. However, the Lady Mocs responded with a 17-4 run to take a commanding 34-18 lead with 6:06 to play in the first. Chattanooga led 44-27 at halftime.
Appalachian State started the second half with six points from three of its four seniors to cut Chattanooga's lead to 44-33 with 17:24 to play, but that's as close as it would get the remainder of the game. The Lady Mocs held the Mountaineers to just 12 points over the remainder of the game and led by as much as 26 points twice before the final buzzer.
Dewart scored six of her 13 points over the first half while Hall, playing 15 minutes in the opening frame, gave Chattanooga a boost with 10 points and five rebounds. The pair led Chattanooga on a 19-of-30 effort in the first period for a 63.3 shooting percentage and 47.4 percent for the game.
The Lady Mocs dominated the paint outscoring the Mountaineers 42-20 and getting a 30-6 advantage from the bench. On the boards, Chattanooga outrebounded Appalachian State 46-37 with ASU pulling down 15 offensive rebounds to the Lady Mocs' 12.
Chattanooga had eight points off fast breaks to none for ASU while the Mountaineers held a 17-13 advantage off turnovers.
Freshman Tatianna Jackson (Atlanta, Ga.) came off the bench with seven points and five rebounds while sophomore Ka'Vonne Towns (Lilburn,Ga.) also dropped in seven points on a 3-of-3 effort with a 3-pointer in 13 minutes. Senior Kylie Lambert (Etowah, Tenn.) was 2-of-3 from beyond the arc for six points while junior Faith Dupree (Knoxville, Tenn.) tossed in six points with three blocked shots in 14 minutes on the floor.
The Lady Mocs will return to the court for the Southern Conference tournament next weekend. Chattanooga's first game is set for Noon on Saturday, March 9 against the winner of the No. 8/9 matchup. The brackets will be set following the remainder of the SoCon schedule on Monday.