CHATTANOOGA — The University of Tennessee-Chattanooga Lady Mocs outscored Lee 35-18 in the second half and posted a 61-42 exhibition victory over the Lady Flames in McKenzie Arena on Thursday evening.
"They made a run at the beginning of the second half and built up a sizeable lead," said Lee coach Marty Rowe. "We cut into the lead a couple of times but we just didn't have the strength and experience needed in the final 10 to 15 minutes."
Rowe noted that he always used the exhibition game as a learning experience for his club. "They put a lot of pressure on our wings in the second half and we didn't handle it too well at times," he admitted. "These are things that we can work on as we get ready for the stronger teams in our conference. I'm proud of our girls. They battled against a very good UTC team all the way."
Poor second-half shooting also troubled the Lady Flames. They were able to make only four field goals in 20 attempts in the final 20 minutes. In the first half, the Lady Flames shot a respectable 39 percent and finished the night by making 13-of-43 shots from the field (30 percent).
On the other hand, Lee held the Lady Mocs to just 29 percent (9-of-21) shooting in the opening 20 minutes. Chattanooga improved to 46 percent in the second half (13-of-28) and shot 37 percent overall. The home club also made 6-of-8 3-pointers in the second half and finished the evening with a 53 percent mark (8-of-15).
Karley Miller paced the Lee scoring with nine points. She also had a pair of steals in 24 minutes of playing time. Hollie German and Jenna Adams totaled eight points each. Adams was the game's leading rebounder, pulling down 13 boards. Julie Zimmerman hit a couple of 3-pointers and carded six points.
The Lady Mocs got a 14-point effort from Faith DuPree. She made 7-of-12 shots from the field. Kayla Christopher, Ka-Vonne Towns and Destiny Bramblett tossed in eight markers apiece. Ashlen Dewart had six rebounds as the Lady Mocs outrebounded the Lady Flames 39-33. They also had 13 offensive rebounds to just five for the Lady Flames.
Lee gets ready for a Homecoming assignment against Milligan College on Saturday at noon. It is the opening game of a Homecoming doubleheader in Walker Arena.