SPARTANBURG, S.C. --- Sophomore Kylie Lambert (Etowah, Tenn.) and Kayla Christopher (Oliver Springs, Tenn.) along with junior Tenisha Townsend (Antioch, Tenn.) combined for 37 points to lead the Lady Mocs to a 72-45 win over Wofford Saturday afternoon at the Benjamin Johnson Arena.
Lambert led the Lady Mocs with 15 points going 2-for-2 from the 3-point line and 7-of-8 from the free throw line. She pulled down a team-high eight rebounds. Christopher was 5-for-9 on the night with a trey, four rebounds and just missed her career-high with six assists. Townsend was 3-for-5 in the first half from the 3-point line with three boards.
Chattanooga improves to 11-12 overall and 8-6 in Southern Conference action while the Terriers fall to 6-13 overall and 2-10 in league play.
The Lady Mocs led from the start on a jumper from Christopher. After the Terriers knotted it up with a jumper from April Moorehouse, Christopher nailed a 3-pointer to spark a 7-0 run and get the Lady Mocs out front 12-4 with 16:09 to play in the first half.
Townsend connected on her second 3-pointer of the game at the 12:38 mark of the first to give Chattanooga its largest lead of the half at 17-6. Wofford hung around, and with 7:46 to play in the half drained three straight 3-pointers to tie it up 20-20 with 5:09 until half. The Lady Mocs quickly scored seven points to get back out front and led 33-27 at the half.
In the second half, the Lady Mocs broke it open midway through when Lambert and freshman Taylor Hall (New Tazewell, Tenn.) combined for a 13-5 run against the Terriers to put the Lady Mocs up 62-40 with 6:49 to play. Chattanooga would keep up the pressure and reach its largest lead of the game at 27 points.
Hall went 4-for-7 from the field and had career-highs in both scoring, nine, and rebounding, six, along with two steals. Junior Whitney Hood (Meridian, Miss.) had just seven points, well off her league-leading 20 point average, and had five rebounds. Junior Bailey Dewart, playing in her hometown, started the game strong, grabbing four steals, one off her career-high, and had five points and five rebounds.
Moore was able to get his entire lineup into the game and freshman Lynette Harris (Providence, Ky.) pulled down a career-high three rebounds.
Mahagony Williams had a game-high 17 points and nine rebounds on the night and Kelly Blake connected on 3-of-5 3-pointers for nine points. Wofford was just 5-of-28 from the arc and 6-of-8 from the free throw line.
Chattanooga won the battle of the boards with 48 to the Terriers' 38 and had 19 points off 14 offensive rebounds compared to Wofford's four off eight offensive boards. The Lady Mocs outscored Wofford in the paint 22-12 and had 18 points off 20 Terrier miscues. Chattanooga dished out 18 assists and had 13 turnovers and 10 steals.
Chattanooga remains on the road to take on Furman Monday evening at Timmons Arena at 7 p.m.