published Saturday, February 27th, 2010

Lady Mocs rout Samford

There was no drama Saturday night at McKenzie Arena.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women's basketball team hammered Samford 92-62 to clinch the Southern Conference championship outright and lock up the top seed in next week's SoCon tournament.

Erin Helton finished with 17 points and nine rebounds off the bench and Shanara Hollinquest had 16 points to lead five Lady Mocs in double figures. The Lady Mocs hit 12 of 22 3-pointers and dominated Samford, which would have shared the SoCon title with a win.

Helton provided the Lady Mocs with a huge lift off the bench in the first half after Shanara Hollinquest picked up her second foul with 10:18 left in the half. Helton had 10 points and five rebounds in 10 minutes, helping UTC to a 36-25 lead at the break.

The Lady Mocs hits just one of their first six shots but finished the half 14 of 28 from the field. Samford, meanwhile, was just 10 of 28, 3-for-14 from 3-point range.

For more, read tomorrow's Times Free Press. You can also follow John Frierson's coverage of the Mocs at and

about John Frierson...

John Frierson is in his seventh year at the Times Free Press and seventh year covering University of Tennessee at Chattanooga athletics. The bulk of his time is spent covering Mocs football, but he also writes about women’s basketball and the big-picture issues and news involving the athletic department. A native of Athens, Ga., John grew up a few hundred yards from the University of Georgia campus. Instead of becoming a Bulldog he attended Ole ...

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