CANCUN, Mexico (UTC) - With the ball in their hand, the Lady Mocs had several looks at the basket in the final 20 seconds, but failed to convert, falling 51-50 to Cincinnati in their final game of the 2011 Cancun Challenge at the Moon Palace Resort in Cancun, Mexcio.
Chattanooga falls to 2-3 overall and Cincinnati remains undefeated at 5-0.
Junior Kylie Lambert (Etowah, Tenn.) hit a pair of free throws late then converted on back-to-back 3-pointers and snared two rebounds in the melee at the end, but it wouldn't be enough to get the Lady Mocs a win.
Lambert led Chattanooga with 16 points, 13 rebounds and four assists and senior Whitney Hood (Meridian, Miss.), who hit two huge layups in the final minutes, closed out the game with 14 points and five rebounds.
The Lady Mocs trailed Cincinnati the entire game and was down 44-34 with 8:39 to play. Over the next three minutes, Lambert seven of Chattanooga's nine points to get to within a point at 44-43 with 4:52 to play. The Bearcats Bjonee Reaves scored three of her 15 points to get Cincinnati back on the board, but the Lady Mocs would hang tough.
Lambert connected on another 3-pointer, cutting the lead to 47-46 at the 4:21 mark but Cincinnati wouldn't go away and Reaves put her team up 49-46 with 3:18 to play. Hood took a pass from Lambert and hit a short jumper to get back to within one at 49-48 with 2:54 to play.
Cincinnati's Hollins, who had a game-high 20 points, gave the Bearcats the win on a jumper with 2:34 to play. Hood converted a turnaround jumper from the left side to make it a one-point game with minutes to play.
Cincinnati missed a layup with 29 seconds to play and Chattanooga had the ball for the final shot, but couldn't get the ball to drop. Senior Tenisha Townsend (Antioch, Tenn.) missed a 3-point attempt but grabbed her own rebound. Sophomore Taylor Hall's (New Tazewell, Tenn.) jumper missed the mark and Lambert grabbed the rebound, feeding it to junior Kayla Christopher (Oliver Springs, Tenn.) who also missed with three seconds. Lambert grabbed the shot and fed it to Townsend, but time ran out.
The Lady Mocs outrebounded the Bearcats 40-28 with 12 offensive boards and had 13 assists. From the line, UTC was 8-of-9 and shot 37.3 percent from the field. From the 3-point line, the Lady Mocs hit just 4-of-19 and got eight points from the bench.
Chattanooga will open Southern Conference play Thursday, Dec. 1 at UNCG for a 7 p.m. in Greensboro, N.C.
Information provided by UTC Sports Information and GoMocs.com.
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