CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. --- University of Tennessee at Chattanooga junior Meghan Downes (Newnan, Ga.) drained a career-high 24 points to lead the Lady Mocs to an 81-48 win over East Tennessee State Saturday night at the McKenzie Arena.
Downes was 8-of-11 from the field with four 3-pointers, 4-of-6 from the free throw line and had two steals and two blocked shots in 20 minutes. Joining her in double figures were senior Kayla Christopher (Oliver Springs, Tenn.) with 14 points and a pair of 3-pointers, junior Alex Black (Memphis, Tenn.) with 13 points and 3-of-4 from beyond the arc and junior Taylor Hall (New Tazewell, Tenn.) with 12 points and five rebounds.
Junior Destiny Bramblett (Radcliff, Ky.) played just nine minutes but led UTC with six rebounds and put in six points, making 4-of-4 from the free throw line. She has made all nine of her free throw attempts this season. Senior Kylie Lambert (Etowah, Tenn.) had five rebounds while Black and freshman Alicia Payne (Memphis, Tenn.) each dished out a team-high four assists.
Chattanooga is off to its best start since the 1999-2000 season, Moore's second year at Chattanooga, with a 3-0 record. ETSU falls to 0-2 on the short season.
The Lady Mocs shot 48.5% (16-of-33) in the first half and were 46.6% (27-of-58) for the game and scored 80 or more points for the third straight game, a Southern Conference best average. From the 3-point arc, Chattanooga shot a scorching 50% (11-of-22) but was outrebounded by the Lady Bucs 46-41.
ETSU got the first bucket of the game and the Lady Mocs responded with 9-0 run and never looked back. The Lady Bucs cut the score to three, 9-6 at the 16 minute mark, with six quick points, but again UTC responded with a 12-0 run to get well into a double-digit lead, going up 21-6 at the 11:29 mark of the opening half. The Lady Mocs continued to push its lead behind the scoring of Christopher who had 12 first-half points and led 42-20 at the break.
Chattanooga did not let up in the second half and would lead by as much as 35 points when Black drained one of her three 3-pointers with 6:09 to play to put the Lady Mocs up 72-37. Downes put up 15 second half points making five shots including a pair of 3-pointers.
The Lady Mocs dished out 18 assists, forced 20 ETSU turnovers, capitalizing on the miscues with 18 points. ETSU outrebounded Chattanooga 46-41 with 18 offensive rebounds resulting in 18 second chance points while The Lady Mocs' bench outscored ETSU 40-16.
Chattanooga will travel to Moraga, Calif., to participate in the St. Mary's Thanksgiving Classic Friday and Saturday at the McKeon Pavilion. The Lady Mocs will take on Portland State Friday, November 23 at 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time and St. Mary's on Saturday at 5:00 p.m. ET.
This will be Chattanooga's second trip to St. Mary's, but the first time the two teams will meet. This will be the Lady Mocs' second meeting with Portland State. The last time the two teams met was at the Lady Wahine Classic in Hawaii in December 2006. Chattanooga came away with an 81-61 win and went on to defeat the hosts for the title.