published Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

UTC women's golf team surges to fourth

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women's golf team jumped six places in finishing fourth out of 36 teams Tuesday in the Kiawah Island Classic tournament. The Mocs' 300 was the best final round except for champion Kent State's 298. Kent State won at 892, but UTC at 908 was only two strokes behind Penn State and one behind High Point. UTC's Emily McLennan closed with a 71 for a 222 that tied her for fourth place, and Jordan Britt tied for 17th at 226 with Agathe Sauzon sharing 33rd at 229 and Isabella Loza tied for 53rd at 233.

• The UTC men's golfers wound up ninth in the 14-team Querencia Cabo Collegiate in Mexico with an 897. The Mocs closed with a 301 in finishing 34 strokes behind winner Houston and 14 behind eighth-place LSU. UTC's Ewan Scott tied for 14th individually at 219, while Chris Robb and Davis Bunn shared 38th place at 225 and Liam Johnston tied for 58th at 232.

• Lee University senior Courtney Shelton was the National Christian College Athletic Association national women's golfer of the week after earning the 10th tournament medal of her college career in leading the Lady Flames to the championship of a 54-hole event at the Country Club of Columbus (Ga.). She shot 223.

Basketball

• The ninth-seeded Chattanooga State men won 89-80 over Volunteer State in the first game of the 2014 TCCAA/NJCAA Region VII basketball tournament at Roane State. Orlandis Jackson had 17 points and 14 rebounds, Nick Scott scored 16 points, Dajion Williams and Demetrius Kitchens each added 13 points and Joshu'a Warren had 10 points, 17 rebounds and two blocked shots for the Tigers (13-13), who face top-seeded Columbia State today at 2. They got nine rebounds from Ronald Jones and five assists from Williams. Joe Wilbert led Vol State with 17 points. Seventh seed Roane State advanced in a walkover as Dyersburg State's men did not make the trip to Harriman. Cleveland State's fifth-seeded Cougars play fourth seed Motlow at 4 today, and the Chattanooga State and Cleveland State women play Thursday at 4 and 8. Columbia State won Tuesday's women's game, surging from a late 10-point deficit past Motlow, 82-80, with the help of two technical free throws that tied the score with 3.5 seconds left. Allison Wiley made those and then another pair of three throws when she was fouled on the ensuing inbounds play. She had 11 points with six assists and four steals, while Lamarra Gordon scored 28 points with four 3s and Anika Nottingham had 25 points and 12 rebounds in the win. Briana McDonald had 33 points and 13 rebounds for Motlow, while Chelsea Holman scored 14 points and Chloe Neil and Sabrina Jackson added 11 apiece.

• Sewanee freshman Jorden Williams from McCallie School was voted to the All-Southern Athletic Association men's basketball second team, and Tigers sophomore Keshonn Carter received honorable mention. Williams finished third in the SAA with 16.1 points and game and first in free-throw percentage at .886, while Carter averaged 12.6 points and 6.7 rebounds a game. Sewanee's Jamie Chauvin and Paige Lowe earned All-SAA women's honorable mention after averaging 12.3 and 10.4 points. Lowe also had the league's best free-throw percentage, .860.

Softball

• Lee University outfielder Dominique Hannah was the NCCAA Division I softball player of the week after going 10-for-18 in the Lady Flames' 4-1 week through Sunday. She had a game-winning three-run home run, a triple and a double and scored six runs.

• The Bryan College softball team lost 9-0 and 3-1 Tuesday at Cumberland University. Katie Burnett was 1-for-1 with an RBI double for Bryan (6-7) in game two, when Sarah Hundley pitched a four-hitter and allowed only one unearned run.

• Birmingham-Southern beat Covenant 2-0 and 9-0 in NCAA Division III softball Tuesday with Taylor Harkins pitching a four-hitter and Bethany Fronk posting a three-hitter. Kendall Whann was 2-for-3 in the first game for Covenant (2-8).

• Megan Roysden struck out 23 batters and allowed only five hits in two games as Tennessee Temple won 3-1 and 8-0 in softball Tuesday at Wesleyan (Ga.). Raven Pope was 2-for-4 with a three-run homer in game two for TTU (6-8).

• Jessica Morgan from Ooltewah went 2-for-3 with a run scored in each game as Carson-Newman defeated Concord 8-5 and 7-4 in college softball Tuesday. Caitlyn Lance from Ridgeland was 1-for-2 with an RBI double in game two for CNU (15-5).

Bowling

• Schyler Burns became the youngest female to roll a 300 game at a Chattanooga-area bowling center with her first game this week in the Monday Night Mixers league at Holiday Bowl Brainerd. The 20-year-old Ringgold resident has bowled in sanctioned leagues for 12 years. The perfect game began her first 700 series, which almost was an 800 at 784. "It was awesome," she said Tuesday. "I was just enjoying myself and having a good time, and about the fifth frame I realized I had five strikes and 'Wow, this is going pretty easy.' I was still talking with my friends and playing on my phone, trying not to make myself nervous, but about the ninth frame I was so nervous I was sweating bad." The strike streak ended with a 9-spare in the first frame of game two.

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