Score: Chattanooga 74 - Western Carolina 56
Records: Western Carolina 8-22, Chattanooga, 22-7
Location: U.S. Cellular Center - Asheville, N.C.
ASHEVILLE, N.C. - Sophomore guard Kyia Hough scored a career-high 14 points in No. 7 seed Western Carolina women's basketball's 74-56 loss to No. 2 seed Chattanooga Thursday in the opening round of the Southern Conference Championships held in the U.S. Cellular Center.
UTC shot 45.5 percent for the game, including 50 percent (21-42) over the first three periods. It forced 20 Western turnovers, converting them into a 25-10 advantage in points off turnovers. Sherae Bonner's jumper at 5:58 got WCU within seven, 23-16, at 5:58 of the second quarter. Alford's triple two possessions later sent the margin in double digits for good, 26-16. Chattanooga's 18 free throws made ties for its second-most of the season. It was Alford's fifth 20-point performance of the season.
Queen Alford (20), Alicia Payne (15) and Keiana Gilbert (15) combined for 50 of the Mocs' 74.
Chattanooga's Alford's triple two possessions sent the margin in double digits for good, 26-16 in the first period.
- Hough scored a career-high 14 points.
- Bonner ripped down eight rebounds.
- Chattanoog'a Alford led all scorers with 20 points.
Inside the Box Score
- Chattanooga shot 45.5 percent from the field while Western Carolina shot 36.8.
- Western Carolina turned the ball over 20 times in which the Mocs' turned into 25 points.
- Chattanooga was 18-of-23 from the free throw line.
- Western Carolina only scored eight points in the fourth period.
News & Notes
- The career-high 14 points by Hough was the second straight game she improved her career-high. She had a then career-high 12 points against UNCG on Feb. 27.
- Julia Brown got the first start of her career against Chattanooga.
- Bonner ends the season with 43 blocks ranking her tied for sixth in the WCU record books for blocks in a season. She currently has 62 in her career tying her for sixth place in the record books.
- Lindsay Simpson ends her career ranked third in the WCU record books for made three pointers with 174.
Quote of the Game
"I think as a whole, the process that we've gone through throughout the season has made us grow so much together. If you followed our season early, we had our struggles with the games that we had. We were losing by large numbers. It was 15 and 20 points. But compared to where we were at the end of the regular season, it is not even a comparison. The team bonded better offensively and had more of a flow. We had some kids that stepped up offensively, and defensively, we got stops on a consistent basis. I'm so proud of the growth that this team experienced together throughout the season. It's disappointing that it climaxed to this point now, and the way we lost to Chattanooga just now." - Head Coach Stephanie McCormick.
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