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Lady Mocs Fourth Quarter Surge Secures Win

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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (GoMocs.com)--- University of Tennessee at Chattanooga junior Shelbie Davenport scored nine of her season-high 13 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Mocs to a 68-61 non-conference win over Florida Gulf Coast Sunday afternoon at the McKenzie Arena.

Davenport was 3-of-5 in the final frame with a 3-pointer, a pair of free throws and two steals while playing all 10 minutes. She finished the game with 13 points and three rebounds.

The Mocs, 7-4 on the year, shot 53.8 percent (7-of-13) in the fourth quarter and was 9-of-13 from the free throw line in the period. Chattanooga outscored FGCU 24-13 in the frame and held the Eagles to just 5-of-16 from the field.

The fourth quarter started with Chattanooga trailing 48-44. The Eagles made back-to-back 3-pointers to expand its lead to 54-44, their largest of the game, with 6:43 to play.

Aryanna Gilbert hit a layup to make it an eight point game and the Mocs converted a missed FGCU shot into a layup by Davenport moments later to cut the Eagles’ lead to 54-48. The Eagles’ Erica Nelson converted a 3-point play to push the lead back to nine points, but UTC responded.

Davenport hit another layup and freshman Bria Dial’s steal put the ball back into Davenport’s hands for a 3-pointer, cutting the lead to 57-53 with 4:46 to play.

FGCU’s China Dow got a layup, but Gilbert responded with one on the other end, but could not convert the 3-point play. She made the second of her two free throw attempts with 2:46 to play to cut the lead down to 59-56. Chattanooga got a stop on the other end and Davenport converted her two free throws to get the Mocs to within one point, 59-58, with 1:58 on the clock.

Davenport forced a turnover and Keiana Gilbert finished the fastbreak with a layup to give UTC its first lead since the start of the third quarter, 60-59, with 1:30 remaining.

Nasrin Ulel drove the lane for a layup to retake the lead, but it would be FGCU’s final points. Keiana Gilbert hit another layup with 50 seconds to play to give the Mocs’ the lead for good. The Eagles missed a 3-point attempt with 44 seconds to play. On Chattanooga’s possession, Lakelyn Bouldin drew the foul to go to the line with eight seconds. She drained both to stretch the lead to 64-61.

FGCU, attempting to tie the game, missed a 3-point attempt and freshman Bria Dial was fouled on the rebound. With the game still undecided, she put it further out of reach for the Eagles, making both free throws.

The Eagles turned the ball over on their next inbounds play and Bouldin sealed the win with two more free throws with three seconds to play, making it 68-61.

Chattanooga started the game on a 14-2 run before the Eagles cut the lead to 14-6 at the end of the first quarter. Sophomore Arianne Whitaker had the Mocs first four points and Dial dropped in a pair of 3-pointers in the opening frame.

The second quarter saw FGCU outscoring UTC 21-15, including a 13-4 run over the final 3:42 of the half, cutting the Mocs’ lead to 29-27 at halftime. The Eagles continued their push through the start of the second half on a 10-2 run over the first 2:52 of the third quarter to lead 37-31.

Aryanna Gilbert led all scorers with 18 points. She was 7-of-13 from the field, had four rebounds, four assists and two steals while playing all 40 minutes. Keiana Gilbert was 4-of-8 with nine points, a team-high seven rebounds and two assists, never leaving the game.

Dial matched her career-high with eight points with her first 3-pointers of her collegiate career. She had six rebounds, two assists and a steal. Freshman Brooke Burns hit both of her shots for six points and Whitaker had four points and four rebounds.

Chattanooga was 23-of-49 (46.9%) on the day and made 5-of-12 from the free throw line. The Mocs were sent to the free throw line 23 times and converted 17. UTC edged the Eagles 34-32 in the paint and scored 19 points off 13 FGCU turnovers. The Mocs bench contributed 30 points.

FGCU, 10-3 overall, was led in scoring by Jessica Cattani with 12 points and China Dow chipped in 10 points with five rebounds off the bench. Tytionia Adderly had a game-high 12 rebounds with eight points. Ulel scored nine points with four rebounds and Nelson had nine points and four steals.

The Eagles scored 12 second chance points off 15 offensive rebounds but was held to 31.3 percent shooting in the final quarter. They were 24-of-61 for the game and made 8-of-36 from the 3-point line, well below their 15.7 average that is second-best in the NCAA.

Chattanooga will travel to Gainesville, Fla., for the Gator Holiday Classic this week. The Mocs will take on host Florida Wednesday at Noon then turn around to face a strong Princeton team on Thursday at 2:30 p.m.

The Florida game will have streaming video while the Princeton game will not. Larry Ward will have the call live on 96.1 FM against the Gators and 98.1 FM The Lake on Thursday. Follow all the action online at GoMocs.com.

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