UTC's Taylor Hall Receives More Acolades

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

All season, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women’s basketball standout Taylor Hall (New Tazewell, Tenn.) has proven her ability on the basketball court. She was selected the Southern Conference Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year as well as the league’s Most Outstanding Player in the conference tournament.

Now she adds North Carolina Education Lottery Southern Conference Student-Athlete of the Week to her trophy case.

Hall, a Rehabilitation Sciences major, carries a 3.636 overall GPA and has plans to attend medical school upon her graduation in May. She is the third UTC student-athlete honored this year and was a three-time SoCon Player of the Week.

Over the last week, Hall led Chattanooga to three straight wins in defense of its Southern Conference Tournament title. She scored in double figures in each game and recorded her 13th double-double of the year with 18 points and 11 rebounds against Elon in the SoCon Tournament semifinal matchup. Hall averaged 15.3 points and 9.0 rebounds per game while dishing out 13 assists over three games. She added five steals and four blocked shots to her stats to earn a spot on the league’s all-tournament first team.

Hall was also recognized by the NCAA on Tuesday as one of the “Starting Five”. Her performance in the SoCon Tournament was named one of the Top Five from last week’s conference championships.

She has climbed to 20th on the Chattanooga all-time scoring chart with 1,164 career points and needs just nine to pass Karen Mills (1977-81) for 19th. She ranks eighth on the career rebounding chart and just topped the 800 mark on Monday in the SoCon Championship game. She is third at UTC for blocked shots and is just shy of the Top 10 for steals.

Chattanooga earned the automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, its sixth in nine years, and will learns its fate Monday, March 17 along with the rest of the country. Chattanooga earned a 10-seed in 2004 and went on to defeat 7-seed Rutgers in the opening round at McKenzie Arena before falling to second-seeded Vanderbilt. UTC has been a 12 seed seven times and a 13 seed three times. This will be Chattanooga’s 12th trip to the “Big Dance”.

 


Randy Smith: A 7-Year Labor of Love

Several people down through the years have told me, "You should write a book." They were focusing on my career as a sports broadcaster and all the interesting people I've met and interviewed. Well, I finally wrote a book but it had nothing at all to do with me. It took seven years to write "Seasons of Change," a book about my Uncle's girls basketball team in middle Tennessee in ... (click for more)

Moc Wrestlers Host Virginia On Sunday

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga wrestling team's marquee non-conference match is Sunday, Dec. 4, against Virginia.  The 24th-ranked Mocs (2-1, 1-0 SoCon) welcome the Cavaliers (2-2, 0-0 ACC) to Maclellan Gym for a 2:00 p.m. contest.    This is a rematch of one of the most exciting comebacks in Chattanooga wrestling history.  Virginia held a No. ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Police Officer Shot 3 Times In East Chattanooga; Later Is Released From Hospital; Manhunt On For Shooter

A Chattanooga Police officer was shot three times on Thursday morning in East Chattanooga. The incident happened shortly after 9 a.m. on Mission Avenue near Glenwood Drive. He was able to drive himself to the hospital and later was treated and released. Chattanooga Police Department Chief Fred Fletcher said the identity of the officer would not be released until the investigation ... (click for more)

CSAS Students Have Long Day At School Due To Concern Shooting Suspect Might Be On Campus

Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences students had a long day at school on Thursday after there was concern that a man who shot a police officer not far away had slipped onto the campus. Amy Katcher of the county schools said, " On Thursday, Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences was evacuated around 3 p.m. as a precaution after a shooting incident in Chattanooga ... (click for more)

Tennessee River Gorge Trust Trail Warriors Make You Want To Take A Hike

Trail warriors of the Tennessee River Gorge Trust make you want to take a hike.  The Tennessee River Gorge Trust staff and volunteers make a huge difference in the Chattanooga community and have been making the outdoor areas around the River Gorge clean and protected for more than 30 years.  They deserve to be recognized and praised for all of the hard work they have ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Bible In Gatlinburg

The day after fire rained and reigned in Gatlinburg, Isaac McCord, 24 and from Tullahoma, was picking up debris at the popular Dollywood attraction. The theme park had minimal damage compared to the hundreds of structure either lost or severely damaged in Sevier County. He picked up a piece of paper that was in a puddle of water, beneath a bench. “It was one of the most surreal ... (click for more)