JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (UTC) -- The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women's basketball team went 10-for-12 from the free throw line in the final three minutes to hold off a surging East Tennessee State for an 88-80 win at the MSHA Athletic Center Thursday night.
Chattanooga improves to 8-3 overall and East Tennessee State falls to 1-11 overall.
Sophomore Meghan Downes had a career-high 19 points to lead five Chattanooga players in double figures. She drained a career-best four 3-pointers on six attempts.
Senior Whitney Hood put up 17 points making 9-of-9 from the free throw line. Juniors Kayla Christopher and Kylie Lambert each had 13 points in the contest. Christopher was 8-for-8 from the charity stripe, sinking four in the final 52 seconds. Sophomore Alex Black was the fifth UTC player in double figures with 10 points and five rebounds.
After leading by as much as eight in the first half, the Lady Mocs carried a 33-31 advantage into intermission. In the second half, Chattanooga stretched that lead out to as many as 14 points, but ETSU rallied to knot the game up 72-72 with 2:57 to play.
Hood answered the Lady Bucs' 8-1 run with a layup and Christopher followed with a 3-pointer to put the Lady Mocs ahead for good.
Destiny Mitchell had 14 points and eight rebounds for East Tennessee State while Maria Bond had 12 points and two blocked shots. East Tennessee State edged the Lady Mocs on the boards 40-39.
In the second half, the Lady Mocs were 17-of-26 (65.4%) from the floor and was 5-for-9 (55.6%) from beyond the arc while hitting 16-of-19 from the free throw line. Chattanooga was 25-of-33 from the free throw line for the game and hit seven 3-pointers.
Chattanooga will take time off for the holiday break and return to action Tuesday, Jan. 3 2012 as they travel to Knoxville to take on the Lady Vols at Thompson-Boling Arena.
Information provided by UTC Sports Information and GoMocs.com.