published Saturday, November 19th, 2011

Lady Mocs win with big second half

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- Kayla Christopher had a second half to remember Friday night in the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women's basketball team's 75-54 win at Indiana State.

After a scoreless first half, the Lady Mocs guard scored 22 points in the final 20 minutes, going 8-of-9 from the field, to lead UTC (2-1) past the Sycamores (1-2) in the wrapup of the Preseason WNIT.

The game was tied at 52 with 6:54 to play before the Lady Mocs went on a 15-0 run to pull away for good -- a run that was 23-2 by the end. Spurring the spurt were Christopher and Whitney Hood, who sat out much of the game with foul trouble but scored 10 of UTC's 13 points during one stretch of the second half.

Hood finished with 13 points, all in the second half. Tenisha Townsend scored 14, going 4-for-5 from 3-point range.

With Hood in foul trouble in the first half, freshman Ashley Southern came in and scored eight points off the bench. Indiana State led 32-28 at halftime.

UTC hit 17 of 27 shots in the second half, while the Sycamores were 7-of-29. Brittany Schoen led ISU with 16 points.

The Lady Mocs will be back in action next week in the Cancun Classic in Mexico. UTC faces Idaho State on Thanksgiving and Cincinnati next Friday.

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