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No hangover for Lady Mocs in rout of Belmont

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UTC/WRCB) -- If there was any hangover from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga's biggest regular season win in school history, it didn't last long.

The Lady Mocs followed last week's season-opening upset of No. 20 Tennessee with a resounding 84-54 road rout of Belmont at the Curb Event Center Wednesday night.

Taylor Hall, the reigning SoCon Player of the Week, totaled a team-high 16 points in just 20 minutes of action. The junior forward went 5-for-8 from the floor and 3-for-4 behind the 3-point arc.

UTC shot nearly 50-percent from the floor (29-of-60) and behind the 3-point line (7-of-15) turning in another stout defensive performance. The Lady Mocs held Belmont to just 32-percent shooting (16-of-50) and forced 21 Bruins' turnovers while also winning the rebounding battle, 39-31.

Still, the numbers weren't enough to fully please head coach Wes Moore.

"I liked our effort again," Moore said. "Technique-wise, we are still not doing some things defensively that we want to do. We have to get everybody to buy in. We got some points offensively, but we have to get everybody to buy in defensively and get them to do what we want them to do.

"I like the fact that we got some turnovers. I like the fact that everybody contributed and everybody brought something to the table."

Faith Dupree added 12 points while Tatianna Jackson and Ashlen Dewart finished with ten apiece to give UTC four players in double figures.

The Lady Mocs scored the game's first five points and never looked back, pushing the lead to double figures at the 9:10 mark of the first half. Chattanooga's advantage ballooned to 20 points early in the second half, and grew as large as 32 in the closing minutes.

Chattanooga improves to 2-0 on the year and will return home to host former Southern Conference rival East Tennessee State Saturday, Nov. 17 at 7:30 p.m. ET at McKenzie Arena.

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