CLARKSVILLE — The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women’s basketball team shot a season-high 63 percent and got scoring from all 13 players in an 81-70 non-conference win over Austin Peay Wednesday night at the Aaron Dunn Center.
Senior Faith Dupree with a team-high 17 points off the bench, was 8-of-11 from the field for a scorching 72.7 percent performance. She had six rebounds, two assists and three blocked shots. Senior Taylor Hall shot 6-of-10 on the night and added seven rebounds and eight assists, ending her streak of double-doubles. Freshman Chelsey Shumpert was 5-of-6, making both of her 3-point shot attempts and scoring a career-high 16 points in 14 minutes while classmate Aryanna Gilbert was 4-for-4 and converted a three-point play for nine points.
Chattanooga tied its season-high for field goals with 34 while attempting a season-low 54 shots for a 63 percent performance. In the first half, its best of the season. UTC was 16-of-26 (61.5 percent) in the first half and 18-of-28 (64.3 percent) in the second.
Austin Peay led for most of the first half, but never getting out front by more than five points. The Lady Govs led 27-22 with 4:40 to play on a layup from Alexis Hardaway.
Fifteen seconds later, Hall drew a foul and her two free throws kicked off a 16-0 run over the next 4:05 that was capped off by a 3-point play by Gilbert to give Chattanooga its largest lead of the first half, 38-27 with 20 seconds on the clock. Austin Peay’s Tiasha Gray dropped in the final bucket of the half to cut UTC’s advantage to 38-29 at intermission.
Shumpert scored Chattanooga’s first seven points of the second half, pushing UTC’s lead to 45-32 less than one minute into the latter stanza, but APSU answered back. Gray hit a three-pointer to start a seven-point run and capped it off with a short jumper in the paint to make it 45-39 UTC with 16:55 to play.
Over the half, all 13 Chattanooga players saw the court and the lead grew to 73-51 (22 points) with 5:59 to play in the game. Austin Peay battled back getting only as close as 11 points with 27 seconds to play.
Chattanooga outscored Austin Peay 48-30 in the paint and had 22 points off 11 turnovers while UTC’s bench outdid the Lady Govs 35-18. Chattanooga had 20 assists and tied its season-high with seven blocked shots, but turned the ball over 15 times. Austin Peay shot 28-of-69 in the game (40.6 percent) and had 11 turnovers to go along with eight steals.
Chattanooga will close out the non-conference portion of its schedule Saturday afternoon at East Tennessee in the final of eight consecutive road games. ETSU, a member of the Atlantic Sun, will rejoin the Southern Conference next fall after departing at the end of the 2004-05 season.
fall at UAB
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The Chattanooga Mocs (4-8) competed for 40 minutes against a hot UAB (9-2) squad losing 67-52 in Bartow Arena Wednesday night. The undermanned Mocs playing without leading scorer Z. Mason kept it close for a majority of both halves before succumbing to one of Conference USA’s favorites.
“We played one of our better games tonight,” headcoach Will Wade noted. “I was proud of our guys because we competed for 40 minutes for the first time in a while. We competed hard and played well.
“It is certainly something we can build on,” he continued. “UAB is a tremendous team with unbelievable athletes. Our guys competed and that’s all we can ask.”
It was a nip-and-tuck affair early. Eric Robertson kept the pendulum swinging with a three-pointer at 9:21 for a 19-17 Mocs lead. Jordan Swing immediately answered for the Blazers with a three of his own to put his team back up 20-19.
Chattanooga scored six points on back-to-back possessions. Lance Stokes turned in the traditional three-point play with a power post move drawing a foul from Fahro Alihodzic. Greg Pryor drained a trey 34 seconds later putting the Mocs up 25-20 with 7:48 remaining in the opening frame.
It was all UAB from there. Chad Frazier’s layup at 4:57 was the eighth, and final, lead change of the game. The Blazers ended the first half on a 15-2 run for a 35-27 halftime lead.
UAB got off to a fast start after the break. Its lead swelled to 13, 46-36, on two Alihodzic free tosses at 13:39. The Mocs would not break.
Back-to-back baskets by Robertson jump-started an 11-2 run. Consecutive threes from Alex Bran capped it to cut the margin to four, 48-44, with 11:14 remaining. But it was as close as it would get.
It was a nine-point game with 3:24 to go after a Gee McGhee free throw. The Blazers scored nine unanswered points before Martynas Bareika drained a trey for the final score of 67-52.
Chattanooga opened the game making four of its first eight three-point attempts. It went four of 22 from beyond the arc the rest of the way.
“We got squared to the basket better,” Wade added. “We had some wide-open three’s, but we have to be able to stick them.
“We had some good looks where we could have built our lead and stopped some runs, but we have to keep working on our shooting and get better there.”
UAB was dominant on the glass. It out-boarded the Mocs 46-30. It had a 32-13 advantage on points in the paint utilizing a decided size advantage.
The Mocs head home for the holidays. They return to the Scenic City Dec.29-30 for the Dr. Pepper Classic taking on Grand Canyon on day one. Maine and Middle Tennessee open the event. Game times are 4:30 and 7 p.m. each day.