published Sunday, February 6th, 2011

Lady Mocs rout Wofford, 72-45

SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women's basketball team dominated the second half Saturday and routed Wofford 72-45 at Benjamin Johnson Arena.

The Lady Mocs, badly in need of a Southern Conference win to maintain an outside shot at the regular-season championship, outscored the Terriers 39-18 in the final 20 minutes.

Kylie Lambert finished with 15 points and eight rebounds to lead the Lady Mocs (11-12, 8-6), who have won 27 straight against the Terriers (6-14, 2-10).

Lambert led the second-half surge, scoring 12 points.

"She was attacking, doing a great job on the boards and knocking down free throws," Lady Mocs coach Wes Moore said in a phone interview.

Kayla Christopher scored 12 points and dished out a game-high six assists, and Tenisha Townsend added 10 points. Taylor Hall had her best game since joining the team in December with nine points and six rebounds.

"Taylor, the last few weeks, she looks so much more focused in practice ... and it's carrying over into the games, too," Moore said.

The only black mark on the stat sheet was UTC's free-throw shooting. Lambert was 7-for-8, but the rest of the team was 6-for-14.

The game bore little resemblance to the teams' previous meeting, a 93-88 shootout on Jan. 2. Whitney Hood scored a career-high 40 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in that contest, but she was held to seven points and five rebounds Saturday.

UTC was in control for most of the first half, but a cold stretch allowed Wofford to cut the margin to 33-27 at the half. The Lady Mocs led 38-31 with 16:04 to play when they went on a 14-4 run and pulled away for good.

Mahagony Williams led Wofford with 17 points and nine rebounds.

The Lady Mocs visit Furman on Monday.

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