CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. --- The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women's basketball team defeated the College of Charleston Saturday night at the McKenzie Arena 57-31 in Southern Conference action. The win moves the Lady Mocs to 17-7 overall and 12-3 in league play while the Cougars fall to 6-19 on the year and 5-11 in conference play.
Chattanooga dominated the glass by a 54-36 margin with 20 offensive boards. This marks the fifth time this season the Lady Mocs have recorded more than 50 rebounds in a game.
Junior Kayla Christopher (Oliver Springs, Tenn.) led all scorers with 11 points and had four rebounds, four assists and two steals in the win. She was 5-of-9 from the field in 27 minutes of play.
Sophomore Taylor Hall (New Tazewell, Tenn.) led the way with 12 rebounds, six off the offensive glass and tossed in five points with two steals. Sophomore Alex Black (Memphis, Tenn.) had nine points for UTC making 3-of-6 from the floor and was 2-for-2 from the free throw line.
Senior Whitney Hood (Meridian, Miss.) and sophomore Faith Dupree (Knoxville, Tenn.) each had seven points for the Lady Mocs. Hood pulled down five rebounds and dished out three assists while Dupree had four rebounds, three on the offensive end.
The Cougars scored first and got out to a 10-6 lead on a jumper from Cathryn Hardy at the 13:39 mark of the first half, their largest of the game. It would be short-lived as the Lady Mocs would take the lead for good on a pair of left-handed layups from Dupree at the start of an 18-4 run. Chattanooga led 24-14 at the break.
The Lady Mocs started the second half with a 9-2 run to push the lead to 33-16 with 13:47 to play. Chattanooga continued to increase its lead with its largest, 57-29, coming with 52 seconds remaining on a 3-pointer from sophomore Destiny Bramblett (Radcliff, Ky.) who had a season-high five points on the night.
Lady Mocs Head Coach Wes Moore cleared the bench with all 14 getting playing time. Chattanooga's bench outscored the Cougars 27-14 and UTC put in 34 points in the paint compared to CofC's 14. The Lady Mocs forced 16 turnovers and converted that into 18 points and had 12 second chance points off 20 offensive rebounds. UTC also outscored the Cougars 8-0 on fast break points.
Chattanooga was just 1-of-10 from beyond the arc in the first half and was 3-of-13 in the second. After shooting 29.4 percent (10-of-34) in the first half from the field, UTC connected on 41.4 percent (12-of-29) in the second outscoring the Cougars 33-17 in the latter frame.
The College of Charleston was led in scoring by Megan Fischer's seven points. Cathryn Hardy had six points and a team-high six rebounds while Deidre Ramer had six points and five rebounds. Latisha Harris had six boards, all defensive, and Jillian Brown led the team with four assists.
Chattanooga will remain at home to host Georgia Southern (7-17, 3-12 SoCon) Monday night at the Roundhouse. The game is set to tip off at 7 p.m. and will be carried live on ESPN 105.1 FM "The Zone". Live stats, video and audio streaming will be available at GoMocs.com.