Game 7: #3 Chattanooga 60, #6 Furman 38
ASHEVILLE, N.C. - Chattanooga secured the final spot in the 2012 Southern Conference Women's Basketball Tournament semifinals with their 60-38 win over Furman in Kimmel Arena.
After trailing 22-17 at halftime, the Mocs outscored the Paladin 43-16 in the second half to move to the semifinals for the eighth consecutive season and 13th time in 14 years.
Despite opening the game on a 6-0 run, Chattanooga could not hold off the Furman offense as the Paladins had a 22-17 advantage at the break. Junior Kaitlin Murphy led the way with eight points.
Sophomore Janice Roberts tied the game at 14 which was part of a 14-0 Furman run.
Senior Whitney Hood put up 10 of Chattanooga's 17 first half points.
Chattanooga (22-8, 16-4 SoCon) came back to take the lead from the Paladins in the second half. Early in the half, the two teams battled back and forth and the score was tied twice.
However the Lady Mocs overcame their halftime deficit with a second half surge and their defense silenced Furman, who made their last field goal with 7:27 left on the clock.
"We knew coming into this we had to put together 40 minutes of basketball and unfortunately we only put together 20," said Furman head coach Jackie Carson. "Our girls fought and this is a great lesson for us and what we need to build on in the future and what it takes to win a good championship. A lot of credit goes to Chattanooga because they came out and showed that fire in the second half and made big shots and we just froze."
In the second half, Furman (15-16, 10-10 SoCon) shot twenty percent from field goal range and committed 10 turnovers.
Chattanooga had three players score in the double-digits, sophomore Taylor Hall led the way with 16 points on 4-of-6 shooting from three-point range. Senior Whitney Hood and junior Kylie Lambert contributed 14 and 10 points, respectively. Hood pulled down eight rebounds.
The Lady Mocs finished shooting 91.7 percent from the free throw line.
Murphy and junior Teshia Griswold paced the way for the Paladins each scoring 10 points
Chattanooga advances to the semifinals tomorrow and will play Appalachian State at 2:30 p.m. in the U.S. Cellular Center.
ASHEVILLE, N.C. - Behind 17 points from junior Anna Freeman, the Appalachian State Mountaineers were able to defeat Western Carolina, 61-43 Saturday evening at Kimmel Arena to secure a spot in the 2012 Southern Conference Women's Basketball Tournament semifinals.
Second-seeded Appalachian State (24-5, 17-3 SoCon) jumped out to an early lead in the game, but the seventh-seeded Catamounts overcame a 19-point deficit and the Mountaineers only led by four points at the break.
"I didn't like the vulnerability we showed when we let them close out the half the way they did, but at the same I like the strength and character of the team to come out and not let them carry the momentum in the second half," said Appalachian State head coach Darcie Vincent.
Senior Kaila'Shea Menendez paced the Catamounts in the opening half with 11 points, including 3-of-4 three-pointers.
The Mountaineers controlled the second half going on a 14-2 run to open the stanza. Western Carolina's first score of the second half came with 12:21 remaining on the clock when sophomore Rena Wakama drove the lane and hit a layup.
Western Carolina (14-17, 8-12) was able to get within 11 points when Wakama hit a three, but Appalachian State continued to pull away leading by as many as 23 with a little under three minutes to play.
"I'm just really proud of our effort and I give a ton of credit to Appalachian State; they're a good team," said Western Carolina head coach Karen Middleton. "They create a lot of challenges in their matchups."
Freeman recorded a double-double with game-highs of 17 points and 11 rebounds. Senior Chakeitha Weldon put 16 points on the board for the Mountaineers.
Menendez led the way for Western Carolina with 16 points. She finished 4-of-6 from behind the arc and finished a perfect 2-for-2 from the charity stripe.
With the win, the Mountaineers advance to tomorrow's semifinals in the U.S. Cellular Center. They will play the winner of the Chattanooga and Furman game at 2:30 p.m.