The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women’s basketball team will head to North Carolina for two games, trying to keep its undefeated Southern Conference record intact.
The Lady Mocs, 9-2 overall and 2-0 in league action, will travel to Greensboro, N.
C. to take on UNCG (3-8, 0-2) Saturday afternoon at Fleming Gymnasium. UTC is 30-6 against the Spartans and has won each of the last 13 games.
Head Coach: Wes Moore (Tennessee, 1986)
UTC 338-111/15th year • Career: 538-167/24th year
2012-13 Overall: 9-2 • 2012-13 SoCon: 2-0
The Lady Mocs started the New Year with a 66-57 come-from-behind road win at UAB. Junior Ashlen Dewart (Spartanburg, S.C.) posted her second double-double of the year with 23 points and matching her season-high with 12 rebounds. Freshman Tatianna Jackson (Atlanta, Ga.) was 9-of-11 from the free throw line and was one point shy of her career-high with 11 points, while posting a career mark with six rebounds. Despite getting into foul trouble, senior Kylie Lambert (Etowah, Tenn.) scored 10 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Sophomore Ka’Vonne Towns (Lilburn, Ga.) was 2-of-2 from the 3-point line for eight points and a team-high three steals.
Chattanooga averages 71 points and outscores its opponents by more than 14 points per game. With back-to-back sluggish offensive outputs against Jacksonville State and Auburn, the Lady Mocs have a field goal percentage of 41.0 and are shooting 30 percent from beyond the arc. Chattanooga’s top offensive output this season was a 33-of-59 (55.9%) performance against Furman at the Roundhouse. Twice this season, the Lady Mocs have hit double-figures from the 3-point line with a season-best 13 against Saint Mary’s (CA) and 11 against East Tennessee State. On the boards, Chattanooga is outrebounding opponents by more than three per game, pulling down 41.9 an outing.
Dewart leads the Lady Mocs in scoring with 16.1 ppg and is fourth in the SoCon. She is ninth in the league in rebounding with 6.6 per game. She was named the league’s Player of the Month for December averaging 18.8 points per game and 7.3 rebounds during the month, leading Chattanooga to a 3-1 record that included a SoCon win over Furman and non-conference victories against Jacksonville State and Alabama.
Senior Kayla Christopher (Oliver Springs, Tenn.) is second on the team in scoring with 11.8 points per game and is third in the league for 3-pointers made with 24 on the year. Junior Taylor Hall (New Tazewell, Tenn.) is third on the team in scoring with 9.6 points per game and second for rebounding with 6.5 an outing.
Head Coach: Wendy Palmer (Virginia, 1992)
UNCG 7-33/2nd year • Career: same
2012-13 Overall: 3-8 • 2012-13 SoCon: 0-2
The Spartans are 3-8 on the year and 0-2 in Southern Conference action. After dropping its first two games of the season, UNCG rebounded with a home-court win over Gardner-Webb then dropped the next four including SoCon losses to Western Carolina on the road and College of Charleston at home. In their final two outings, the Spartans fell at home to Florida State in front of a crowd of nearly 3,500 and on the road at UAB.
UNCG is averaging 59.2 points per game, 11.3 less than its opponents while lagging behind foes by 6.7 rebounds per game with 38.7 an outing. The Spartans are shooting 34.8 percent from the field and 27.9 percent from beyond the arc. UNCG forces 22.5 turnovers per game and average 12.2 steals per game.
Lucy Mason is the lone Spartan averaging double figures with 15.9 points per game, pulls in 4.3 rebounds per game and has a team-best 27 assist and 22 steals while leading the team with 19 3-pointers. Janae’ Stevenson is averaging 9.6 points and a team-high 5.8 rebounds per game.
Larry Ward, the “Voice of the Lady Mocs”, will have the call live on ESPN 105.1 FM. The game tips at 2 p.m. Eastern Time. Live stats and streaming video will be available on the schedule page or the GameDay Central article on GoMocs.com.