By John Mitchell, Chattanooga, Tenn. — A crowd of 3,309 witnessed the women’s basketball team complete their second straight undefeated Southern Conference season with a 64-42 win over ETSU.
Ka’Vonne Towns, Lilburn, Ga., kicked off her senior day by knocking down three quick 3-pointers, helping the Mocs jump out to score the first 15 points of the game.
The game would be well in hand for No. 18 ranked Chattanooga at the half, as the Bucs were held to just five made shots, and were forced to commit 14 turnovers.
“We made some shots, and then got some stops and that’s what it’s all about,” head coach Jim Foster said. “It’s good to start that way.
“We moved the ball and this team does a good job of getting the ball to people who are hot and passing up maybe a good shot for themselves to get a better shot for a teammate. That’s a good characteristic of this team and a good team.”
During the first half, sophomore Jasmine Joyner, Southaven, Miss., broke a 26-year old Southern Conference record for blocks in a season with 118. “I love blocking.” Joyner said. “If I could stay on defense and block shots I would be fine with that.”
“This conference season I learned I have to play smart so I don’t get into foul trouble or mess anything up. I just had to play smart and learn when to block shots and when not to block shots,” she said.
Joyner showed off her offensive skills in the second as she helped UTC cruise along to the finish. She finished with a game-high 14 points along with grabbing 14 rebounds. Towns would match Joyner’s offensive efforts, as she also finished with 14 points.
“I wasn’t really nervous. I was trying to stay calm even though it was senior night,” Towns said. “I wanted to keep shooting. I found a rhythm and it just kept going in.”
The crowd stayed after the game to show their appreciation for UTC’s three seniors: Towns, Destiny Bramblett, from Radcliff, Ky., and assistant coach Kayla Freeman, Carlton, Ga. The Mocs would then gather around the three seniors as they were presented with their 19thSouthern Conference regular season title and third straight.
Next up for No. 18 Chattanooga is the Southern Conference Tournament held in Asheville, NC. UTC has the No. 1 seed, and will take on No. 8 seed UNCG in the opening round on Thursday, March 5.