Joyner Sets Single Season Mark in Win Over Wofford
SPARTANBURG, S.C (GoMocs.com) --- University of Tennessee at Chattanooga sophomore center Jasmine Joyner (Southaven, Miss.) had five blocked shots Saturday afternoon at Benjamin Johnson Arena to lead the Mocs to a 70-43 win over Wofford in the Southern Conference opener for both teams.
Those five blocks propelled her past former Lady Moc Alex Anderson's (2004-08) single-season best of 63 for 66 on the year through just 16 games. Through all Division I games played January 9, Joyner was averaging 4.07 blocked shots per game and ranked second in the nation. Behind the effort of Joyner and her teammates, the Mocs are 13th in the nation in that category.
Joyner went 4-of-5 from the field for 11 points and pulled down five rebounds in the contest while making 3-of-4 from the free throw line.
Joining her in double figures was senior Ka'Vonne Towns (Lilburn, Ga.) with a game-high 15 points and junior Alicia Payne (Memphis, Tenn.) with a career-high 12 points.
Towns was 5-of-7 for the night, all behind the 3-point line, making all of her first three attempts in the first half. Payne was 5-of-7 from the field and 2-for-2 from long range while dishing out five assists with just one turnover and grabbing three steals.
Chattanooga started the game on a 12-2 run over the first 3:50 that stretched into a 23-5 advantage with 13:07 still to play in the opening frame. A quick 8-0 run by Wofford pulled the Terriers to within 10, but that would be the closest they would get the remainder of the game.
Chattanooga, shooting 66.7 percent in the first half, went into halftime with a 39-23 lead. The Mocs were 16-of-24 from the field in the first period and made 7-of-12 from beyond the 3-point line.
The Mocs started the second half on an 8-0 advantage for its largest lead of the game at that point, 47-23, but Wofford would battle through to make it 55-36 with 9:40 to play. That's the closest it would be the rest of the day as Chattanooga outscored the Terriers 15-3 over the next 6:27 for a 31-point lead, 70-39, its largest of the game, with just 2:22 to play.
Chattanooga closed out the game making 28-of-50 (56%) and was 10-of-22 from the 3-point line while making just 4-of-7 from the charity stripe. The Mocs outscored Wofford 34-22 in the paint and had an 18-9 advantage on points off turnovers, forcing the Terriers into 17.
Wofford outrebounded Chattanooga 35-34 and had 19 offensive boards for 10 second chance points compared to the Mocs' seven on seven offensive boards.
Maria Corella led the Terriers with 14 points making 4-of-7 from beyond the arc. Ashton Fleming recorded a double-double with 10 points and a game-best 14 rebounds. Chanel Stokes had eight points and led Wofford with a pair of assists, but turned the ball over four times.
Chattanooga improves to 13-3 overall and 1-0 in league play while the Terriers fall to 4-11 on the year and 0-1 in conference action.
Chattanooga will remain on the road with a trip to Furman Monday night at Timmons Arena. The game is set to tip off at 7 p.m. and will be carried live on 96.1 FM The Legend. Follow all the action at GoMocs.com for live stats and streaming video and audio.