ELON, NC (WRCB) -- Ashlen Dewart and Taylor Hall each posted a double-double and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga used a big closing stretch to pull away from Elon in a 66-43 Southern Conference road win Monday night.
The Lady Mocs (8-3, 2-0 in SoCon) closed the game on a 25-1 run while holding the Phoenix (3-6, 1-1) without a field goal over the final 12:35. Sam Coffer's 3-pointer gave Elon a 40-37 advantage, but the Phoenix mustered just three free throws the rest of the way.
Chattanooga's defense held Elon to just 15.4-percent shooting (4-for-26) in the second half.
"I knew about the scoring but didn't really notice it all while we were out there," sophomore guard Red Payne said about Elon's long drought. "I thought we played good defense the last eight or nine minutes of the half.
"I think if we can get stops on defense then we really help our offense get better."
That was certainly the case in the second half as the Lady Mocs found their footing by going inside to Dewart. Chattanooga's senior forward finished with 29 points on an impressive 13-of-16 shooting from the floor, with 17 of her points coming in the second half.
"She played at a good tempo. She took her time and made some very nice moves on the baseline," head coach Jim Foster said of Dewart's night. "I made it a point last week to let her know it's a shame the only people who know how good her footwork is are in our gym. I think she is going to start to show people just how good her footwork is.
"She had a lot of big-time baskets today."
Hall was the only other UTC player in double figures, adding 13 points and 12 rebounds. Payne finished with eight points on 3-for-3 shooting and added three assists and three steals.
"We really haven't even played the first third of our schedule, so you want to be working on some things," said Foster when asked about his team's development. "I think our defense is beginning to get pretty good. We are rebounding the ball better and ball movement is a big deal with this team. I think when it happens the way we need it to happen we are hard to guard."
Chattanooga's month-long road trip continues Wednesday with a visit to Austin Peay before Saturday's trip to East Tennessee State closes out the pre-Christmas portion of the schedule.
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