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Originally published: 2013-03-03 14:59:28
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Chattanooga rips ASU women

by Steve Behr Sports Editor

Chattanooga left little doubt Saturday that it is back at the top of the Southern Conference in women’s basketball.

The Mocs shattered Appalachian State’s Senior Day with a 69-45 victory over the Mountaineers in front of 916 fans at the Holmes Center. Chattanooga (26-3, 19-1 SoCon) took a 9-0 lead and never looked back.

Every member of the Mocs’ roster scored at least two points. Former Appalachian State center Ashlen Dewart led Chattanooga with 13 points and 11 rebounds, while Taylor Hall scored 12 points.

Appalachian State (19-8, 13-6) trailed 44-27 at halftime, but scored the first six points of the second half, but Chattanooga answered with a 12-2 run to take a 54-34 lead and slam the door on any Appalachian State comeback attempt.

Chattanooga shot 63.3 percent from the field in the first half. The Mocs’ defense also forced Appalachian State into shooting just 32.3 percent from the field in the first 20 minutes.

Appalachian State got 12 points and three assists from Raven Gary and 10 points from Anna Freeman. Chattanooga outscored Appalachian State 25-18 in the second half after the Mountaineers shot a paltry 23.3 percent from the field.

Appalachian State also dished out six assists for 17 shots.

Appalachian State slipped to 1-5 against the top three teams, beside itself, in the Southern Conference standings. Chattanooga completed its first sweep over Appalachian State since the 2009-10 season.

Mountaineers coach Darcie Vincent knew why the Mountaineers have struggled against the better teams, but did not have an answer on how to address it. Appalachian State is in a tie with Elon for third place

“I guess we can look on the bright side and say that we haven’t lost a game we shouldn’t have lost,” Vincent said. “We’re a middle-of-the-pack team. That’s where we are and that’s where we’ll finish and we’ll take an exit in the second round of the tournament, if we’re lucky enough to get by that.”

Appalachian State has one game left, a Monday home showdown with Samford. The Mountaineers is in a third-place time in the SoCon with Elon, but loses the tiebreaker for the third seed.

Samford goes into the game with a 14-14 overall record, 10-9 in the conference.

 

Chattanooga 69, Appalachian State 45

Chattanooga (26-3, 19-1)

Hall 6-13 0-0 12, Dewart 5-8 3-7 13, Christopher 1-3 0-0 3, Black 2-6 1-2 5, Lambert 2-4 0-0 6, Payne 1-4 2-4 4, Towns 3-3 0-1 7, Downes 1-3 0-0 2, Bramblett 1-2 0-0 2, Freeman 1-3 0-0 2, Jackson 2-6 3-4 7, Dupree 2-2 2-2 6. Totals 27-57 11-20 69.

Appalachian State (19-8, 13-6)

Sharkey 2-4 1-2 5, Sydnor 3-8 0-0 6, A. Freeman 3-8 3-4 10, Gary 4-17 3-4 12, C. Freeman 2-11 2-2 6, Barrios 0-0 0-0 0, Wood 0-0 0-0 0, Taylor 0-0 0-0 0, Gatewood 0-4 0-0 0, Mallow 0-0 0-0 0, Wilkerson 1-3 0-4 2, Cooper 0-0 0-0 0, Huffman 2-6 0-0 4. Totals 17-61 9-16 45.

Halftime score—Chattanooga 44, ASU 27. 3-point goals—UTC 4-15 (Lambert 2-3, Towns 1-1, Christopher 1-3, Jackson 0-1, Hall 0-2, Black 0-3). ASU 2-8 (A. Freeman 1-2, Gary 1-5, Sydnor 0-1). Rebounds—UTC 46 (Dewart 11), ASU 37 (Sharkey 6). Assists—UTC 15 (Hall, Payne 3), ASU 6 ((Gary 3). Turnovers—UTC 13, ASU 16. Total fouls—UTC 17, ASU 19. Fouled out—ASU, C. Freeman. Technical fouls—None. Att.—916.