CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – The UNCG women’s basketball team turned the ball over 30 times Sunday as Chattanooga rolled to a 77-56 victory to close the regular season inside McKenzie Arena.
The Blue and Gold finishes the regular season at 7-22 overall and a 3-15 in Southern Conference play. UNCG will be the No. 10 seed in next weekend’s SoCon Tournament and will face off against the No. 7 seed at 1:15 p.m. at Kimmel Arena in Asheville, N.C. The full bracket will be announced following the conclusion of today’s league games.
Senior forward Janae' Stevenson posted her ninth double-double of the season with 17 points and 11 rebounds while sophomore guard Lucy Mason (Stone Mountain, Ga./Chamblee Charter) also chipped in with 17 points. Taylor Hall paced the Mocs with 10 points, nine rebounds and seven assists.
Chattanooga shot 49.3 percent from the field (33 of 67) while UNCG was 21 of 51 to end up at 41.2 percent. The Mocs also out-rebounded the Spartans 37-33 and hit five three-point field goals.
The Spartans broke onto the scoreboard first when Stevenson put in a layup in the first minute of the contest. Stevenson added a three-point play at 17:46 before the Mocs clamped down on defense and held UNCG scoreless for the next six minutes and built a 14-5 advantage. Mason kept the Spartans close as she hit a three with 9:02 remaining in the half to make the score 19-18, but a 21-2 run down to the 2:20 mark helped UTC pull away. Chattanooga would lead 42-29 at the break as the Blue and Gold closed the stanza on a 7-2 run.
Stevenson paced the Spartans with nine points in the first 20 minutes while Chelsea Shumpert matched that point total for the home side. Chattanooga shot 60 percent from the field in the period, hitting 18 of 30 attempts. UNCG checked in at 40.7 percent (11 for 27) and out-rebounded the Mocs by a 16-15 margin.
The Spartans battled to begin the second half and drew within 48-38 on a layup by Stevenson with 13:44 to play. However, Chattanooga proved too much on its Senior Day and pulled away for the win.