No. 17 Chattanooga women beat UNC-Greensboro 78-44

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) Jasmine Joyner had a career-high 22 points as top-seeded and No. 17-ranked Chattanooga women beat eighth-seeded UNC-Greensboro 78-44 in the opening game of the Southern Conference tournament on Thursday.

Chelsey Shumpert added 13 points and Destiny Bramblett 10 for the Mocs (27-3), who won their 23rd straight. Joyner shot 9 of 10, blocked four shots and grabbed 10 rebounds for her seventh double-double of the season.

Chattanooga will face the No. 5 seed Furman in the semifinals on Friday.

The Mocs opened the game with a 10-0 lead and closed the first half on a 14-1 run for a 33-13 advantage at halftime. They had their largest lead at 73-28 with five minutes to go before UNCG (6-24) closed on a 16-5 run.

Chattanooga shot 31 of 54 (57.4 percent) while holding Greensboro to 17 of 59 (28.8 percent).

Lucy Mason led the Spartans with 15 points on 7-of-17 shooting.

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