Lady Mocs Receive Votes In AP Presason Basketball Poll

Saturday, November 02, 2013

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women’s basketball team received 41 votes in the initial AP Top 25 Poll released Friday, Nov. 1, 31st overall.

UTC posted a 29-4 overall record last season, matching the school record for wins set in 2003-04 and again in 2007-08, both under former head coach Wes Moore who departed following last year for NC State.

The Lady Mocs, selected to defend their Southern Conference crown by both the league coaches and SoCon media, return 10 players from last year’s championship team including six seniors. Senior Ashlen Dewart (Spartanburg, S.C.), the 2013 SoCon Tournament MVP, was selected the Preseason Player of the Year by the SoCon coaches.

Also returning to the court this season for UTC are starters Alex Black (Memphis, Tenn.) and Taylor Hall (New Tazewell, Tenn.). Black was selected to the SoCon Tournament second team while Hall was selected All-Conference and to the SoCon Tournament First Team and Tatianna Jackson (Atlanta, Ga.) was voted to the league’s All-Freshman team.

Chattanooga received votes in 11 of 21 AP Top 25 Polls last season. UTC started the year with 10 votes in the initial poll and had as many as 12 in the third week before dropping out by week eight. The Lady Mocs received votes through the final four polls.

Earlier this year, Chattanooga was 16th in the “Lindy’s Magazine” women’s basketball preseason poll.

Connecticut received all 36 first place votes for the top overall selection followed by Duke, Stanford, Tennessee and Louisville for the top five teams. The Lady Mocs will face the Lady Vols on November 14 in Knoxville.

Fans will get their first chance to see the 2013-14 Lady Mocs led by Hall of Fame Coach Jim Foster who begins his first season with Chattanooga on Monday, November 4 against Lee University at 7 p.m. at the McKenzie Arena. Season and single-season tickets are on sale now at the McKenzie Arena box office. Limited reserved seating is available for all Lady Mocs games this season. Call the box office at 423-266-6627 (MOCS) or go online at GoMocs.com to get your tickets today!


Competitive Fire Still Burns Hot For Jeff Stracener

How many runners can you name that were really competitive back in the early 1980s when the first running boom came along and literally swept Americans off their feet? On a more serious note, how many of those runners you just brought to memory are still competing? In case you're having a hard time coming up with a name, add Jeff Stracener to those two lists. The 56-year-old ... (click for more)

Baylor Soccer Falls To Region Rival MBA 1-0

The Baylor soccer team lost to MBA in region soccer match 1-0. Andrew Comwell (MBA) scored at the 31st minute in the game. Shots: Baylor- 5 MBA-7 Saves: Baylor- (Colin Brewer)- 6 MBA ( Drew Benson)- 5 Record: 10-3 (2-1) (click for more)

City Applies For $27 Million Federal Grant On $52 Million Wilcox Tunnel Project

The city is applying for a $27 million federal TIGER 6 grant for a $52 million complete reworking of the narrow Wilcox Tunnel through Missionary Ridge. The project would leave the current tunnel in place for westbound traffic with a single lane and build a new two-lane tunnel for eastbound traffic. There would be an emergency egress cross passage between the two. Final ... (click for more)

NAACP Recommends Staying Away From Planned Protest By Neo-Nazi Group

The president of the Chattanooga Chapter of the NAACP, urged local residents to stay away from a planned rally here by the Nationalist Socialist Movement in August. James R. Mapp said the group seeks to provoke incidents and said counter-protests could lead to problems. Mr. Mapp said, "On April 8th, 2014, reports surfaced throughout the Chattanooga-Hamilton County region that ... (click for more)

State Moving Forward In Educational Improvements

The State Collaborative on Reforming Education released the following statement from President and CEO Jamie Woodson regarding the 2014 legislative session in Tennessee and HB1549/SB1835, which passed the General Assembly Thursday: After a year of extensive public and legislative conversation regarding higher academic standards and related strategies to improve student learning, ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Some Really Funny Tweets

I am not on Twitter so I don’t tweet. Difficulties with my right hand don’t even allow me to text and when you blend in the fact I am now a bonafide senior citizen, it is ample reason for me to live a life where I am lacking in what otherwise might be achieved through social networking. Twitter has done real well without me. It is one of the 10 most visited websites in the world; ... (click for more)