Gilbert leads Lady Mocs in 67-45 drubbing of Furman
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. --- The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women's basketball team ran its Southern Conference win streak to 39 straight games Saturday afternoon at the McKenzie Arena with a 67-45 win over Furman.
The Mocs improve to 17-3 overall and 5-0 in league play while the Paladins, picked to finish second in the conference, are 12-9 on the year and 1-4 against the SoCon.
Freshman Keiana Gilbert (Columbia, Tenn.) led four Chattanooga players in double figures with a game-high 19 points, making 9-of-10 from the field. She is the first UTC player since 2006 to shoot 90 percent for the Mocs with at least 10 attempts.
Sophomore Chelsey Shumpert (Paducah, Ky.) had 13 points for UTC with three assists, sophomore Jasmine Joyner (Southaven, Miss.) added 12 point and three rebounds with a pair of blocked shots. Senior Ka'Vonne Towns (Lilburn, Ga.) was 3-of-5 from beyond the arc and had 11 points, three rebounds, three assists and three steals with just one turnover.
The Mocs, shooting 48 percent in the opening frame, led 30-19 at halftime. Chattanooga opened play in the second half on a 19-4 run for its largest lead of the game, 49-23 with 14:47 to play.
In the run, Furman was 1-of-5 from the field with two shots blocked and had five turnovers. On the flip side, Chattanooga was 8-of-9 split between four different players, with three steals and just one turnover.
Furman went on a 9-2 run to cut the lead to 51-32, but the Mocs held off the Paladins and cruised to a 22-point win just 12 days after the two teams battled to a 47-40 finish in Greenville, S.C.
For the third straight game Chattanooga had at least four players in double figures. Junior Alicia Payne (Memphis, Tenn.) had six points, five assists and three steals. Over the last five games she has scored 46 points and is shooting 58.6 percent with 19 assists, 12 steals and four blocked shots.
Chattanooga dominated the paint 42-20 and scored 26 points off 21 Furman turnovers while the Paladins scored 11 points off a season-low six Chattanooga miscues.
Furman edged UTC on the boards 28-17 and had 16 second chance points off 10 offensive rebounds. The Mocs had 16 boards off the offensive glass, five more than the 11 defensive rebounds they recorded.
The Paladin bench, led by Cierra Carter's six points, outscored UTC 15-6. Holli Wilkins was the lone Furman player in double figures with 18 points on 8-of-13 field goals. Whitney Bunn, who leads the team in scoring, was held to six points and three assists while committing six turnovers. Brittany Hodges, also averaging double figures, had just four points on the night with a game-high seven rebounds and four miscues.
The Mocs remain at home for a Monday night matchup with Samford who is 4-0 in conference play. The Bulldogs are 11-8 overall and on a five-game win streak. The game is set to tip at 6 p.m. at the Roundhouse. Tickets are available at the McKenzie Arena box office or online at GoMocs.com. Live stats, streaming audio and video will be available on the women's basketball schedule page at GoMocs.com, the official website of Chattanooga athletics.