DAVIDSON, NC (WRCB) -- Faith Dupree returned to the floor for the first time in two months and was one of four University of Tennessee at Chattanooga players in double figures in a 60-56 road win at Davidson on Friday night.
The Lady Mocs (13-3, 6-1 in Southern Conference play) move into a three-way tie for first with Samford and Elon at 6-1. Davidson (8-8, 5-1), who was the lone remaining unbeaten in league play, now sits a half-game back in the standings with Appalachian State (11-3, 5-1).
"It was a big win in a big game, and we needed it," said head coach Wes Moore. "We did a good job defensively. They are a very good team and you hold them to 56 points, you can't argue with that."
Dupree came off the bench in the opening minutes and scored eight of Chattanooga's first ten points. The junior post player finished with 11 points in her first action since injuring her knee against East Tennessee State in the third game of the season.
Kayla Christopher and Kylie Lambert led the Lady Mocs with 12 points apiece, while Alex Black added 11. Ashlen Dewart, the SoCon's second-leading scorer, finished with just nine points on 4-of-9 shooting from the field.
Chattanooga got off to a slow start, but closed the first half with an 11-0 run to take a 35-27 lead into the break.
UTC led by as many as 12 in the second half before Davidson used an 11-run to pull within 43-42 with 8:47 to play. Christopher responded with eight straight points to give the Lady Mocs some breathing room, but another Barbara Sitton capped another Wildcat rally with a jumper to make it 55-54 with 1:38 left.
Chattanooga struggled from the free throw line down the stretch, making just 3-of-6 in the final minute, but a bucket by Lambert on a well-designed in-bounds play helped secure the win.
"It was a good team win. There were a lot of people that came in and did some good things," said Moore, whose team also hit 7-of-13 (53.8%) shots behind the 3-point arc. "We did a lot of little things, and that is what you have to do to win a game like this."
Sophia Aleksandravicius had a game-high 16 points to lead Davidson.
The game was the first of three straight on the road for Chattanooga, who next plays at Western Carolina at 2 p.m. ET Sunday.
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