DAVIDSON, N.C. (UTC/WRCB) -- The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women's basketball team dropped from first place in the Southern Conference standings with a 56-52 loss to Davidson Monday night at Belk Arena.
UTC's second straight loss leaves its record at 13-6 overall and 8-2 in league play, while the Wildcats moved into a second-place tie with Chattanooga at 8-2 in the SoCon (12-7 overall).
Appalachian State, which beat the Lady Mocs on Saturday, beat Samford on Monday night to take sole possession of first at 8-1.
Offensive woes plagued the Lady Mocs throughout. They shot just 36.4 percent (20-of-55) from the field and tied its season low by making just 3-of-17 from the 3-point line. Davidson also outrebounded the Lady Mocs 45-40 and got 16 points off 19 offensive rebounds.
"When you go on the road and hold (Davidson) to 56 points, you've got to find a way to win," UTC head coach Wes Moore said. "They did a great job defensively. They disrupted things. When we tried to set a pick on the ball, they did a great job there. We've got to work on that, clean things up. Biggest thing is we've got to knock down some shots when we get a good look. That would be a good start.
"I am disappointed. It makes for a long trip home when you go 0-2 on a road trip."
Chattanooga senior Whitney Hood led all scorers with 18 points and seven rebounds, and freshman Ka'Vonne Towns topped her career highs in scoring with eight points and assists with four.
Davidson used a 9-3 run to open a 20-11 lead with 8:31 to play in the first half. The Lady Mocs responded with a 12-0 run of their own to move in front and took a 27-25 lead into the break.
After a jumper from Sophia Aleksandravicus put the Wildcats back up 33-31, Chattanooga answered with a jumper from Taylor Hall and a layup from Faith Dupree to take a slim lead, 35-31, with 12:21 to play.
It would be the final lead for Chattanooga.
Davidson reeled off 10 straight points for a 43-35 lead with 8:38 to play. Laura Murray fueled the Wildcats scoring in the second half getting all 13 of her points in the period, including three 3-pointers.
Chattanooga battled back late in the game. After trailing 53-47 with 2:38 to play, the Lady Mocs cut the lead to three points on free throws from Christopher and Hood to make it a 53-50 game, but Davidson held on outscoring UTC 3-2 in the final 45 seconds for the win.
"It's hard to see any silver lining now, but we've got six out of 10 games at home and that's going to be good," Moore said. "We only have one two-game road trip left, so we have a chance to get it done. Now we're one game behind Appalachian State with their win tonight, but we've got them and Davidson on our home court.
"We've got some opportunity to get it figured out quick. At some point pick we've got to get our head up and knock down shots."
Aleksandravicius led the Wildcats with 15 points. 10 rebounds and five blocked shots and Murray had 13 points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals. Barbara Sitton just missed a double-double with nine points and eight boards.
Chattanooga will host UNCG on Saturday, Jan. 28 at the Roundhouse in the first game of a double-header. At 3:30, the Lady Mocs will host a reception, open to the public, at the Chattem Basketball Practice Facility and honor former Lady Mocs players, coaches and support staff at halftime.
Information provided by UTC Sports Information and GoMocs.com.
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