GREENVILLE, S.C. --- Junior Whitney Hood (Meridian, Miss.) and sophomore Kayla Christopher (Oliver Springs, Tenn.) combined for 47 points to lead the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Lady Mocs to an 83-65 Southern Conference women's basketball win over Furman Monday night at Timmons Arena.
The Lady Mocs (12-12, 9-6 SoCon) started strong leading 23-5 at the 13:05 mark. Hood had eight points in the run while Christopher drained six points.
Furman (9-14, 5-9 SoCon) was 0-for-9 to start the game before a free throw followed by a jumper put the Paladins on the board trailing 14-3 at the 15:38 mark. Chattanooga went on to outscore Furman 9-2 over the next 2:32 for the 23-5 lead. The Lady Mocs led by as much as 19 points in the first half and put up a season-best 42 first half points to lead 42-29 at the break.
Hood was 6-for-10 with a game high 13 points at the half, while Christopher was 5-for-8 from the field with 10 points. Junior Bailey Dewart (Spartanburg, S.C.) had six of her career-high-tying 11 rebounds in the first half.
Furman started the second half with five straight points to cut the lead to eight points, 42-34, with 18:45 to play, and would get that close twice more before Chattanooga would put it away. Furman's Martha Robinson cut the lead to 51-43 with 15:14 to play but Hood and Christopher, with six points apiece, pushed Chattanooga up to a 63-45 lead three minutes later.
The two teams only managed a basket between them over the next 4:11 before Chattanooga got nine points from four different players and take its largest lead of the game, 74-52 on a jumper from sophomore Kylie Lambert (Etowah, Tenn.) with 5:39 to play in the game.
Hood was 12-of-18 from the field and led all scorers with 25 points and four assists. Christopher was 9-of-16 from the field including a 4-for-7 from beyond the arc, for 22 points in the game. Her four long-range bombs gives her 107 for her career, tying her with former player and current UTC assistant coach Katie Galloway Burrows for 10th on the Lady Mocs' all-time charts.
Lambert was 3-for-7 with a 3-pointer and 2-for-2 from the free throw line for nine points and junior Tenisha Townsend (Antioch, Tenn.) was 3-for-7 from the field with two 3-pointers and a game-high tying five assists. Dewart had a game-high 11 boards and dished out four assists
Furman had four players in double figures led by Kaitlin Murphy's 17 points. Raegan Thompson had 14 points and a team-high eight rebounds and five assists for the Paladins while Kelly O'Connor chipped in 11 and Kendra Berry had 10.
Chattanooga outscored Furman in the paint 22-16 and had nine points off 11 Paladin turnovers compared to one point off nine UTC miscues for Furman. Both teams managed 43 rebounds with the Paladins pulling in 17 offensive boards. The Lady Mocs shot 47.9 percent from the field making 34-of-71 and was 10-of-27 from beyond the arc.
Chattanooga returns to the McKenzie Arena Saturday, February 12 to host Davidson in a 6 p.m. matchup. Fans can bring three canned goods to the game to redeem for one free ticket at the gate to support the Chattanooga Area Food Bank. The game will be carried live on ESPN 105.1 FM. Live stats, stream video and audio will be available on MocsVision at GoMocs.com.