CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. --- University of Tennessee at Chattanooga junior Bailey Dewart (Spartanburg, S.C.) put up career numbers Saturday night at the McKenzie Arena to lead the Lady Mocs to a 91-70 win over Davidson in Southern Conference women's basketball action.
Dewart dropped in 16 points for UTC and grabbed 16 rebounds, both career-highs for the Spartanburg, S.C., native who will be participating in Senior Night activities.
The Lady Mocs top the .500 mark for the first time this season with the win improving to 13-12 overall and 10-6 in league play. The Wildcats fall to 11-14 overall and 6-10 against SoCon opponents.
Chattanooga jumped out quickly to an 11-2 start and went 5-for-5 from the floor that included a pair of 3-pointers from Dewart to take a 15-8 lead getting the 2,204 fans cheering early and often. The Lady Mocs led by as much as nine in the first half, but the Wildcats weren't going down without a fight and managed to get to within three at the halfway mark of the period.
Chattanooga went 1-for-8 over the next four minutes with Davidson on a 8-2 run to cut the lead to 19-16 with 11:06 remaining in the opening stanza. UTC responded, however, with an 8-2 run of its own to get back on top 27-18 over the next two minutes. Davidson hung in and the Lady Mocs led 37-31 at halftime.
In the second half, the Lady Mocs opened up with a 12-4 advantage to take a 49-35 lead with 16:38 to play. Chattanooga continued to push the Wildcats and expanded its lead to as much as 23 points on a 3-pointer from junior Tenisha Townsend (Antioch, Tenn.) at the 11:07 mark to give Chattanooga a 70-47 lead.
Moore sat Dewart and junior Whitney Hood (Meridian, Miss.) with 10:30 to play and the Lady Mocs went on to record their 13th win of the season.
Hood shared the team-high scoring with Dewart putting in 16 points of her own on 7-of-9 shooting and had seven boards. They led five players in double figures for UTC that included 13 points from Townsend who had three 3-pointers and four assists, 12 points from sophomore Kylie Lambert (Etowah, Tenn.) who went 3-for-4 from beyond the arc and dished out three assists. They were joined by freshman Taylor Hall (New Tazewell, Tenn.) who went 5-of-7 from the field and had a career-high 11 points, scoring in double-figures for the first time this season.
The Lady Mocs will take on league leader Appalachian State Monday night and bid farewell to senior managers Courtney Berg and Ross Jolly as well as graduate assistant manager Michael Scruggs. Dewart, who will graduate in the summer, will participate in the festivities as she plays her final regular season home game at the roundhouse.
Senior Night activities will take place prior to the game that is set to tip off at 7 p.m. The Lady Mocs will also be celebrating Breast Cancer Awareness with its annual "Pink Zone" game. Fans are encouraged to wear pink to show their support in the fight against the second leading cause of death among women.