JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Jan. 31, 2004) -- The Chattanooga Lady Mocs stayed undefeated in the Southern Conference and tied the nation's longest winning streak at 15 games with a 95-62 victory over East Tennessee State Saturday afternoon from Memorial Center in Johnson City, Tenn.
Chattanooga (17-2, 12-0 SoCon) shot 63.3 percent (38-of-60) from the floor -- its highest shooting percentage in over seven years -- and scored more points against ETSU than any team has this season. In fact, the Lady Mocs' 95 points were the most scored by the team since they scored 105 at Samford back on Nov. 27, 2001. Fifteen straight wins ties the Lady Mocs with Southwest Missouri State for the longest current streak in NCAA Division I.
Chattanooga's largest lead of the first half was 17 points, before taking a 49-34 advantage into the locker room at halftime. The Lady Mocs never let up in the second half, as the largest margin of the game came with 4:44 left to play in which Chattanooga enjoyed a 93-51 lead.
Six players reached double figures in scoring for Chattanooga led by sophomore Katasha Brown. Brown netted 22 points, including a perfect 5-of-5 shooting from beyond the arc. Nicole Mattison followed with career-high 15 points and Tiffani Roberson scored 14. Shamya Sermons recorded her third double-double this season with 11 points and 12 rebounds. Katie Galloway also finished with 11 points and Miranda Warfield rounded out UTC's leading scorers with 10.
East Tennessee State was led by freshman guard Holly Moring (Irmo, S.C.) who tallied a career-high 17 points on 7-of-12 shooting, including a pair of 3-point baskets. Tiffani Mayes (Sumter, S.C.) equaled her season scoring average with an even 14 points to go along with a team-high nine rebounds. Kiya Verdell (Hartwell, Ga.) and B.J. Banjo (Baltimore, Md.) added 12 and 11 points, respectively, while Banjo also garnered a season-high four steals.
The Lady Bucs' next game will be at the College of Charleston this Monday, Feb. 2. Tip-off is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. at the John Kresse Arena in Charleston, S.C. After losing their first six road games of the season, the Lady Bucs have since won two straight away from Johnson City.
Meanwhile, Chattanooga will drive straight to Statesboro, Ga. for a 7 p.m. contest at Georgia Southern also scheduled for this Monday.