By Adam Stephens, Chattanooga, TN—The women’s basketball team ends its regular season schedule with another win against Appalachian State and with another
It was a long road for the Lady Mocs but the journey of their regular season ended Saturday when Chattanooga took down Appalachian State on their own turf.
“It has been a great year,” head coach Wes Moore said.“I am so proud of the kids, first of all, for their effort.”
Saturday, the Lady Mocs traveled to Boone, N.C., and took on the Mountaineers in their own arena and in front of their own crowd.
This was not an ordinary game for ASU. Saturday was the Mountaineers’ senior night. This made the seniors of App State even more determined to take home the win, but the Lady Mocs took that hope away and never gave it back.
“They played determined…senior day, good crowd here and our kids didn’t bat an eye. I am so proud of what they have accomplished,” Moore said.
With their win over Appalachian State, the Lady Mocs won the regular season title in the SoCon, making it the second time that the ladies have posted a 19-1 record in conference play, the last time being in the 2004-05 season.
Although Moore said that he did a horrible job of preparing the girls for the battle against App State, the Lady Mocs pulled it out and finished off the ASU with a dominating 69-45 victory.
“I woke up about five o’clock this morning, tossed and turned and thought, ‘What have I done?’ Then the kids just come out and bail me out,” Moore said.
Despite their preparation for the game, the Lady Mocs came out of the first half unscathed with a promising 44-27 lead over the Mountaineers.
UTC showed no remorse for points against App State when Moore put every player he had on the court at some point in the game and every one of them scoring at least two points for Chattanooga.
“That is the thing,” Moore said. “We do have a great bench and we play a lot of people. Going into this game we thought that would be a factor as well. Some of the better teams in our conference, their top players have to play 38-39 minutes, so I think our bench makes a big difference in that regard.”
The Lady Mocs continued with their attack after the half, pushing up the score even more gaining a lead by as much as 26 points at one point of the game.
When the final buzzer rang, the Lady Mocs walked off the court with not only a win at Appalachian State, but also a regular season championship.
“It is all about the players. I told them in the locker room, ‘Ya’ll did a great job.’” Moore said. “As I said before, I didn’t really do a good job preparing them. They bailed me out, they forgave me, and we will move on.”
Everyone on Chattanooga’s team scored at least two points, but forwards Taylor Hall, a junior from New Tazewell, Tenn., and Ashlen Dewart, a redshirt junior from Spartanburg, S.C., each put up double digits for the Lady Mocs.
With the regular season out of the way, the Lady Mocs will move onto the SoCon tournament, which is set to start this Saturday for the girls when they play the winner of Georgia Southern and Western Carolina.
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