CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. --- The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women's basketball team extended its win streak to four games, its longest of the year, and knocked off league-leading UNC Greensboro 72-63 Saturday night in Southern Conference action at the McKenzie Arena.
The win moves the Lady Mocs to 7-8 overall and and into a tie for third in the SoCon at 4-2 with Samford. UNCG remains atop the standings at 8-6 overall and 5-1 in SoCon action followed by Appalachian State with a 4-1 league mark.
Junior Whitney Hood (Meridian, Miss.) led four Chattanooga players in double figures with a game-high 18 points and snared a career-high tying 13 rebounds for her fifth double-double of the year. Sophomore Kylie Lambert (Etowah, Tenn.) added 14 points and eight rebounds while sophomore Kayla Christopher and junior Tenisha Townsend each contributed 12 points. Townsend had career-highs on the night with four 3-pointers and eight assists. Christopher had 10 first half points and dished out a season-high six assists. Junior Bailey Dewart (Spartanburg, S.C.) just missed a double-double with nine points and eight rebounds.
The Spartans fired first hitting a 3-pointer to start the game, but the Lady Mocs put together a14-1 run to jump out to its largest lead of the first half at 14-4 with 14:22 until halftime. UNCG cut the lead down to five points three times in the period but Chattanooga would twice more build its lead to double digits and carry a 37-31 lead into intermission.
The Lady Mocs shot 51.9 percent (14-of-27) in the first half including five 3-pointers and closed out the game making 11-of-23 from beyond the arc.
In the second half, Chattanooga got a short jumper from Lambert followed by a trey from Dewart to get out to a 42-31 lead with less than two minutes elapsed in the stanza. The Spartans fought back getting a pair of layups form Janae' Stevenson and Dayshaun Richbow to cut the lead back to 42-35 at the 16:03 mark. Chattanooga stretched its lead back to 12 points on a jumper from freshman Taylor Hall (New Tazewell, Tenn.) and a 3-pointer from Townsend form the left side, going up 47-35 with 15:22 to play.
The Spartans held Chattanooga scoreless over the next four minutes and cut into the lead, but the Lady Mocs responded with eight straight points, including a pair of treys from Townsend, to grab its largest lead of the game at 54-41 lead with 9:45 to play. The game continued to bounce back-and-forth over the final 9:45 with the Spartans getting no closer than five but the Lady Mocs hung on for the win.
UNCG outscored Chattanooga in the paint 32-26 and had a 13-7 advantage on bench points. The Lady Mocs outrebounded the Spartans 42-38 and had 18 assists. The Spartans had just seven turnovers on the night, a season-low for any SoCon team.
Amanda Leigh, with a pair of 3-pointers, led the Spartans with 12 points while Monique Floyd had 11 points and a team-high seven rebounds. Dayshaun Richbow had 11 points as well and dished out a team-high five assists. Kendra Smith was the fourth Spartan in double figures with 10 points.
Chattanooga will be back in action Monday, Jan. 10 at 6 p.m. at the McKenzie Arena when they host Elon. The Phoenix outlasted Samford 47-42 in Birmingham, Ala., Saturday afternoon and are 3-2 in SoCon play.