CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) -- Faith Dupree scored a game-high 14 points and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga used an early second-half surge to pull away for a 61-42 exhibition win over Lee University Thursday night at the McKenzie Arena.
The Lady Flames proved a pesky opponent in the first 20 minutes, hitting five first-half 3-pointers to trail just 26-24 at the break. The Lady Mocs gave them plenty of help, shooting just 29-percent from the field.
Chattanooga turned up its defensive pressure in the second half to turn the tide. UTC recorded 12 of its 18 steals after the break, sparking a 14-2 run out of the locker room that blew the game open. The Lady Mocs scored 25 points off 27 Lee turnovers in the game.
"We just couldn't buy a shot in the first half," said Lady Mocs' head coach Wes Moore. "The first half was frustrating. I think I was a little disappointed in the first half because I thought we played really well in our scrimmage.
"It was a scary situation, but we settled down a little bit in the second half and shot the ball much better. We did win a lot of the hustle categories, as far as points off turnover, points off rebound and second-chance points. That was a good sign."
Dupree was the only player in double figures, hitting 7-of-12 field goal attempts and grabbing four rebounds. Taylor Hall did a little of everything with five points, five rounds, five steals and four assists.
Meghan Downes and Ka'Vonne Towns finished with eight points apiece, each hitting a pair of 3-pointers. The Lady Mocs found their range in the second half, hitting 6-of-8 behind the 3-point arc in the final 20 minutes.
Former McMinn Central star Jenna Adams led Lee with eight points and game-highs of 13 rebounds and four blocks. Karley Miller finished with nine points, while all-American point guard and former Polk County star Hollie German added eight points and three assists.
The Lady Mocs now look ahead to their regular season opener next Friday, November 9, at home against No. 20 Tennessee. It will be the Lady Vols' first regular season game under new head coach Holly Warlick.
"We will get together and watch the film tonight as a staff. I am sure we are going to see a lot of things we need to do much better a week from tomorrow night," Moore said. "As well as Lee played tonight, Tennessee is going to be so much longer and more athletic. We're going to have to play our best to compete. We've got a week to go fix what we can."
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