NASHVILLE, Tenn. (GoMocs.com)---- The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women's basketball team scored a 60-48 win over Belmont Thursday night at the Curb Event Center. The win moves the Mocs to 5-3 overall and drops the Bruins to 2-6 on the year.
Sophomore Jasmine Joyner (Southaven, Miss.) had a game-high 13 points with seven rebounds, six blocked shots and four steals. She was joined in double figures by senior Destiny Bramblett (Radcliff, Ky.) who scored nine of her 12 points in the second half.
The Bruins scored first, but senior Ka'Vonne Towns (Lilburn, Ga.) connected on the first of her three 3-pointers to give the Mocs a 6-4 lead 4:23 into the game and Chattanooga would never trail again. UTC outscored Belmont 22-8 over the next 9:43 to take a 28-12 lead, its largest of the half.
Belmont cut into the advantage to make it a 10-point game at the break, 30-20.
In the second half, the two teams traded baskets with Belmont pulling to within eight points, 47-39 after forcing a turnover and getting a quick layup from Frankie Joubran with 2:37 to play.
Sophomore Aryanna Gilbert (Columbia, Tenn.) converted an old-fashioned 3-point play, sparking a 10-0 run to give the Mocs its largest lead of the game, 57-39 with 38 seconds to play.
However, the Bruins would not go away. Jordyn Luffman-Hartsfield scored seven straight points in 19 seconds. She drained a 3-pointer at the 30 second mark then drew a foul, connecting on both of her free throws.
The Bruins pressed Chattanooga's inbound pass and drew a foul from the Mocs and Luffman-Hartsfield scored her seventh point of the game on a short jumper.
The two teams were equal in the paint with each scoring 28 points in the lane. UTC edged the Bruins 19-16 on turnovers. Belmont won the battle on the boards 37-30.
After starting the game shooting better than 50 percent, the Mocs closed out the night making 23-of-51 (45.1%) and was 8-of-18 from beyond the arc, matching its season-best for made 3-pointers while connecting on just 6-of-9 from the free throw line.
Belmont made just 18-of-55 (32.7%) and was 3-of-13 from beyond the 3-point line, making all three in the second half. From the charity stripe, the Bruins were 9-of-12.
Joyner had six blocked shots on the night, raising her career total to 87, just 11 shy of second place on the Mocs all-time list.
Freshman Keiana Gilbert (Columbia, Tenn.) had five points and a team-high eight rebounds, while Towns and Gilbert each added nine points.
Joubran led the Bruins with 12 points and a game-high 13 rebounds and Luffman-Hartsfield had seven points and six boards.
The Mocs remain on the road with a game Saturday night at UT Martin. The game tips at 8 p.m. and will carried live on 96.1 FM The Legend. This will be the first game between the two schools since 1997. Chattanooga owns an 8-1 record against the Skyhawks (Pacers) but UT Martin won the last meeting.