BOONE, N.C. --- Sophomore Kylie Lambert (Etowah, Tenn.) tallied her first career double-double, but it wasn't enough as the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga fell 70-54 to Appalachian State Sunday afternoon at the Holmes Center in Southern Conference women's basketball action.
The win puts the Mountaineers in a tie with UNC Greensboro for first place in the league standings with a 6-2 SoCon record and a 12-4 overall mark. The Lady Mocs drop to 8-10 overall and 5-4 in the SoCon.
Lambert had 15 points and had a career-high 11 rebounds, five off the offensive glass. She added three assists and two steals in a career-best 37 minutes of play. Junior Whitney Hood (Meridian, Miss.) had a team-high 16 points on 6-of-13 shooting and pulled down six boards. Freshman Taylor was 3-for-3 from the floor, including a 3-pointer, and tied her career-high with seven points.
In the first half, the Lady Mocs got a couple of quick scores to get out to a 5-2 lead, but Appalachian State put up eight unanswered points to take a 10-5 lead with just 4:08 gone in the game. Chattanooga would fight back to take an 11-10 lead with 14:01 to play in the first and the two would battle back and forth over the next 10 minutes with UTC getting up 24-21 with 4:37 to play.
ASU's Ashlen Dewart, sister of Chattanooga junior Bailey Dewart (Spartanburg, S.C.) had 12 points in the first half when she drew her third foul and had to sit the remaining 4:37. However, it wouldn't matter for the Mountaineers who went on an 11-0 run to close out the half with their leading scorer on the bench and lead Chattanooga 32-24 at intermission.
In the second half, the Dewart sisters each started the scoring with Bailey hitting a layup just 11 seconds in followed quickly by a short jumper from Ashlen. A jumper from Anna Freeman would give ASU a 10-point lead, 36-26 with 18:24 to play.
Appalachian State outscored the Lady Mocs 11-3 over the next 5:14 and led the Lady Mocs 47-31 with 12:32 to play. Lambert and Hall combined to score 14 of the Lady Mocs remaining 23 points but Chattanooga had no answer for the Mountaineers who put up 23 of their own with 12 from Courtney Freeman.
Chattanooga shot just 29 percent in the first half and was 19-of-59 for the game (32.2) and was 60f-26 from the 3-point line. UTC dished out 12 assists and recorded eight steals but had 18 turnovers. The Lady Mocs had 15 points off ASU's 18 turnovers and had 13 second chance points on 17 offensive boards. After leading the Mountaineers 21-17 on the boards in the first half, App State outrebounded Chattanooga 47-37 for the game.
Chattanooga remains on the road with a mid-week matchup at Samford University on Wednesday at the Pete Hanna Center in Birmingham, Ala. The game is set to tip off at 8 p.m. Eastern Time.