CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Lady Mocs are dancing again.
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga beat Samford 72-67 to win the Southern Conference tournament and an automatic bid into the NCAA tournament.
The Lady Mocs overcame an 11-point second half deficit on the strength of Shanara Hollinquest who finished with 22 points.
Freshman Michelle Davis had 16 points. Jenaya Wade-Fray and Kayla Christopher each had 11 points.
Savannah Hill led the Bulldogs with 26 points on 11-of-15 shooting. Emily London had 12 points in the loss.
After falling behind by 11 points, UTC took its first lead of the second half 58-56 on a 3-pointer by Davis. Samford tied the game at 58 before Tenisha townsend and Davis hit 3-pointers for a 64-60 lead. UTC made enough free throws in the final minute to hold off the Bulldogs.
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David Uchiyama is a sports writer at the Chattanooga Times Free Press who began his tenure here in May 2001. His primary beats are UTC athletics — specifically men’s basketball and athletic department administration — and golf, which includes coverage from the PGA Tour to youth events. He also covers other high school sports, outdoor adventures, and contributes to other sections of the newspaper when necessary. David grew up in Salinas, Calif., and began working ...