BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (UTC/WRCB) -- The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women's basketball team overcome an 16-point second-half deficit and lost ground in the Southern Conference race in a 58-48 loss at Samford on Wednesday night.
The setback drops the Lady Mocs (19-8, 14-4 in SoCon) two games behind SoCon leaders Davidson and Appalachian State with two games left to play. UTC hosts Davidson on Saturday and ASU on Monday to close the year, but will need to beat both and then get some help in order to earn a share of the regular season title.
Whitney Hood was the only Chattanooga player in double figures, scoring eleven of her 16 points in the second half. The Lady Mocs shot just 29.8-percent from the field (17-of-57) in the game, including just 4-of-19 behind the 3-point arc (21.1-percent).
Samford ran out to a 17-5 lead in the first seven minutes and maintained an 11-point lead at the break. The lead grew to 41-25 at the 16:57 mark of the second half before the Lady Mocs started to chip away.
Hood outscored the Bulldogs by herself over the next eleven minutes as UTC ripped off an 18-6 run to pull within 47-43 with 5:50 to play. Paige Anderson responded with back-to-back three-pointers for Samford, who stiffened to hold Chattanooga to just five points the rest of the way.
UTC's Saturday contest with Davidson will tip off at 5 p.m. ET at McKenzie Arena. It will be senior night for the Lady Mocs' four seniors, as well as the "Play4Kay" game that helps support breast cancer awareness in honor of former NC State coach Kay Yow.
Information provided by UTC Sports Information and GoMocs.com.