Lady Mocs Win Southern Conference Tournament Title

UTC Wins 25th Straight Game, 15th Conference Title

Monday, March 10, 2014

The Chattanooga Mocs (29-3) won their 15th Southern Conference Tournament Championship 71-45 over Davidson (16-16). It was the 25th win in a row for the Mocs who punched their dance card for the 12th time in school history and sixth in the last nine years.

Alex Black was sensational scoring a career-high 22 points to lead four Mocs in double figures. Taylor Hall added 12 points, seven rebounds and five assists. Laura Murray scored 17 to lead the Wildcats. Dakota Dukes added 14 points and a game-high nine boards.

It was a see-saw battle early before the Mocs took control with a 13-2 run. The spurt was capped by Meghan Downes’ three-pointer at 7:47 as the shot clock expired. Dukes got the lead under 10 with a free throw with 3:38 to go in the first half, but that’s as close it got. Chattanooga took a 13-point lead into the break.

Shneeka Center’s jumper at 12:38 got the Wildcats within 11, 43-32, but it was all Mocs from there. Black started and finished a 15-2 run. Her three-pointer at 6:40 made it 58-34 and put an exclamation point on a career night for the senior from Memphis.

From there it was about history. Murray’s layup with 1:03 etched her name atop the Davidson record books. She passed former teammate Sophia Aleksandravicius by one point.

Chattanooga’s Head Coach Jim Foster found a new first for his Hall of Fame career. He is the first NCAA Division I head coach to lead four different schools to the NCAA Tournament previously directing St. Joseph’s, Vanderbilt and Ohio State as well.

The win extends the ladies all-time SoCon Tournament record to 47-16 and also continued another win streak. The squad has a sterling 15-0 mark in finals appearances.

It was a dominating performance. The bench nearly out-scored the Wildcats with 33 total points. Ka’Vonne Townes and Faith Dupree each had 10 points leading the reserves. The Mocs shot 48.3 percent from the field (29-60) including a 50 percent (7-14) performance beyond the arc.

As smooth as the offense was, the defense was suffocating. Chattanooga limited Davidson to 32.7 percent (18-55) from the floor with a mere three three-point field goals (23.1%). The Wildcats were also forced into 17 turnovers which led to 21 points for the champs.

Three Chattanooga student-athletes were honored for their performances this weekend. Hall and Black earned first team all-tourney berths, while Ashlen Dewart was placed on the second team. Hall is the Most Outstanding Player, the 14th in school history.

The Mocs capture the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. This year’s field learns its seeding and travel plans on Monday, March 17, at 7 p.m. The selection show airs on ESPN.

ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
Taylor Hall (Most Outstanding Player)

FIRST TEAM
Taylor Hall, Chattanooga
Alex Black, Chattanooga
Dakota Dukes, Davidson
Laura Murray, Davidson
Justin Taylor, Western Carolina

SECOND TEAM
Ashlen Dewart, Chattanooga
Kelsey Harris, Elon
Sarah Duclaller, Furman
Anna Claire Knight, Georgia Southern
Rena Wakama, Western Carolina


Randy Smith: A Special Hall Of Fame Class

The 2014 class of inductees into Major League Baseball’s Hall of Fame was really something special. The group was headed by a pair of Atlanta Braves’ pitchers and their manager. It also included Former Braves’ and Yankees’ manager Joe Torre and White Sox slugger Frank Thomas, who played baseball at Auburn. In other words, it was a great day for the south. Braves’ pitchers Greg ... (click for more)

Raiders Baseball Club To Hold Clinic And Tryouts For 9- And 10-Year-Olds

Raiders Baseball Club, based out of Chattanooga and North Georgia, will be hosting a clinic/tryout for upcoming 9-year-olds for the fall 2014 and spring 2015 seasons. It will take place at Baylor School on Aug. 2 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. and Aug. 3 from 1-4 p.m. Both days are preferred but not required. The clinic/tryout will take place on the Baylor Softball Field. The clinic cost is ... (click for more)

City Council Presents Potential Ordinance To Address Noise Level Downtown

Members of the Chattanooga City Council presented a potential ordinance to address concerns about the noise level downtown. If passed, the ordinance will put limits to both dB(A) and dB(C) levels of sound. It was noted, "When we compare our dB level, it is clear that Chattanooga is lower than Nashville and Knoxville." However, this comparison only takes dB(A) levels into consideration. ... (click for more)

Harr Outlines $40 Million Plan For Chattanooga Light Rail System

Outgoing Chamber of Commerce President Ron Harr on Monday outlined a $40 million plan for a Chattanooga light rail system that would serve not only downtown, but also the Airport and the Enterprise South Industrial Park. In a speech to the Chattanooga Engineers Club, Mr. Harr said most cities looking at such an ambitious plan "would be facing costs of over a billion dollars." ... (click for more)

Senator Bob Corker: An Open Letter To Tennesseans

We are incredibly fortunate to live in a state in which companies worldwide are clamoring to establish a presence. Many attribute it to our pro-business culture, well-prepared workforce, low tax environment, right-to-work policies, and engaged citizenry.  That is why the announcement by Volkswagen to build its midsize sports utility vehicle and establish the South’s ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Wamp Refuses To Stoop

With less than two weeks before the Aug. 7 th election and the last week of early voting now underway in Hamilton County, Congressional challenger Weston Wamp sounded upbeat and relaxed early yesterday afternoon. “I’m pleased to say that I believe we are right where we need to be … maybe even more than we had hoped.” Wamp, who is challenging two-term incumbent Chuck Fleishmann ... (click for more)