CHATTANOOGA (WRCB/UTC) -- Ashlen Dewart scored a season-high 29 points and Kayla Christopher added 16 points to help the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga open Southern Conference play with a 68-54 win over Wofford Thursday night at McKenzie Arena.
Dewart, who sat out last season after transferring from Appalachian State, added 12 rebounds in her first double-double for UTC, which has now won 16 straight at home and 31 straight over the Terriers dating back to 1999.
"I would like to do that every game," Dewart said with a laugh. "It just depends on the game, who's hot, and how our team dynamics are. Tonight our guards did a really good job feeding me the ball and working to get me the ball."
said Dewart, finished 12-of-22 from the field and scored 17 of her points in the first half.
Christopher, who was honored before the game for her scoring her 1,000th career point and climbing to fourth all-time at UTC for 3-pointers made, finished 5-of-10 from the floor and 2-of-5 from behind the 3-point line.
Rachel Brittenham scored 17 points to lead Wofford, but only two of those came in the second half.
"Brittenham had 15 points at halftime, so we put Kylie (Lambert) on her in the second half and she ended with 17 total with two in the second half," said Chattanooga coach Wes Moore. "I thought Kylie did an excellent job defensively on her."
The Lady Mocs (5-1, 1-0 in SoCon) threatened to pull away several times in the first half, opening with an 8-0 run and later using an 11-2 spurt to go ahead 26-16, but the Terriers clawed back and trailed just 36-30 at the break.
UTC again surged ahead by eleven with 7:12 to go, but Wofford (4-2, 0-1) answered with an 8-0 surge to pull within 53-50 less than two minutes later.
Christopher stepped up to slam the door shut, scoring four straight to spark Chattanooga's 15-4 game-ending run over the final 5:51.
"It wasn't always the prettiest thing to watch. We had too many turnovers and missed too many free throws, but I'm proud of the effort we gave on the boards," Moore said of his team, which offset 16 countered 16 turnovers and a 14-of-27 effort at the free throw line with a 50-31 advantage on the glass. "We're going to have a quick turnaround with Furman coming in here Saturday. It's going to be a big challenge. We have to try to get them back up and hopefully do a better job knocking down free throws and taking care of the ball."
Chattanooga will host Furman on Saturday as part of a men's and women's doubleheader beginning at 5 p.m. ET. The UTC men will host Davidson in their SoCon opener at 7:30 p.m. ET.
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