ASHEVILLE, N.C. --- The Lady Mocs hit five straight 3-pointers to get to within a point of the Mountaineers, but couldn't keep us as the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga fell to Appalachian State 77-52 in the semifinals of the Southern Conference Tournament at the U.S. Cellular Center in Asheville, N.C., Sunday afternoon.
Chattanooga was held to just three points for the first five minutes of the game and could only manage a free throw over the next two-and-a-half minutes as the Mountaineers built up a double-digit lead with 12:19 to go in the first. Sophomore Faith Dupree (Knoxville, Tenn.) checked in and put in six points for the Lady Mocs, but ASU had an answer for each one to pull ahead 24-12 with 8:01 left in the first.
Appalachian State's Maryah Sydnor led all scorers with 30 points making 13-of-18 and recorded a double-double with 10 rebounds. Courtney Freeman had 15 points for the Mountaineers while Chekietha Weldon put in 14 and Anna Freeman had 12. Kelsey Sharkey had 10 boards for App State and Weldon dished out five assists. The Mountaineers improve to 25-5 on the year and advance to take on Samford in the tournament finals.
Chattanooga (22-9) was led by sophomore Taylor Hall's (New Tazewell, Tenn.) 14 points on 4-of-16 shooting, 2-for-8 3-pointers and 4-of-4 from the charity stripe. She recorded her seventh double-double of the year with 11 rebounds and had two blocked shots. Junior Kylie Lambert (Etowah, Tenn.) chipped in 13 points with three 3-pointers and dished out three assists.
Chattanooga trailed the Mountaineers 33-28 at the half, but ASU came out quick to start the second half getting six quick points and a steal to go up 39-28 with 18:59 to play.
The Lady Mocs worked to get back into the game but could only get as close as 45-37 with 15:40 to play. Sydnor continued her hot shooting, scoring 15 in each period.
App State outrebounded Chattanooga 41-32 and shot 50.8 percent for the game, 58.6% in the second half. The Mountaineers had 42 points in the paint to UTC's 14 while each team had 10 second chance points. Chattanooga never led in the game, but tied it once on a free throw from senior Whitney Hood (Meridian, Miss.) in the first half.