Chattanooga Basketball Hosts UT-Martin Saturday

Friday, December 1, 2017



Chattanooga is on a five-game win streak that includes a road win at Indiana and a sweep of the Challenge in Music City with wins over Northwestern, Georgetown and Auburn. Saturday's game against UT Martin is a double-header with the Chattanooga men who will also host the Skyhawks.

Chattanooga and UT Martin first met in 1975 in the Mocs’ first season as a varsity team. Chattanooga won the first eight games and have won the last three, all in the past three seasons. The Skyhawks lone win was in 1997 in a neutral game at the Cincinnati Bear Cat Invitational. Chattanooga has won all four games at home.

The Mocs started the season at 0-3 for the first time since 2010-11 but have since strung together five consecutive victories. Chattanooga claimed the Challenge in Music City title beating Northwestern (61-44), Georgetown (54-41) and Auburn (50-41), holding all three opponents to less than 50 points each. UTC leads the Southern Conference in scoring defense, allowing just 54.2 points per game. Chattanooga leads the league in 3-pointers made with 6.5 per game and 3-point field goal percentage making 41.6 percent of its attempts.


Keiana Gilbert was named the College Sports Madness SoCon Player of the Week and the Southern Conference Player of the Week last week. She leads the Mocs with 14.1 points and 5.9 rebounds per game. She has a team-high 11 blocked shots and has dished out 18 assists. She is shooting 48.9 percent from the field and is 10-of-21 from the 3-point line. Aryanna Gilbert is second on the team in scoring with 12 points and 5.1 rebounds per game. She is 10-of-10 from the free throw line and has 12 3-pointers on the year. Lakelyn Bouldin is the third UTC player in double figures with 11.8 points and is 16-of-36 from the 3-point line.


The Skyhawks have won back-to-back games to even out their record beating Southern Conference opponent Western Carolina (62-54) and North Carolina A&T (76-63). UTM is averaging 75.8 points per game and allows 71.5 ppg. They are shooting 42 percent from the floor, 46.5 percent from beyond the arc and 75.6 percent from the free throw line. The Skyhawks are averaging 32.8 rebounds per game and lead the OVC in turnover margin forcing opponents into 8.83 more turnovers per game.


Kendall Spray had eight 3-pointers in the Skyhawks win over North Carolina A&T in their last outing and is 23-of-53 from the arc on the year. She leads the team with 16.7 points per game. Three more UTM players are averaging double figures with Emanye Robertson putting up 11.0 ppg, Myah Taylor is averaging 10.8 points and 4.0 rebounds while Chelsey Perry has a team-high 5.7 rebounds per game and is fourth in scoring with 10.5 ppg.


Chattanooga vs. UT Martin
Saturday, December 2, 2017 | 2:00 p.m.
Chattanooga, Tenn. | The McKenzie Arena
Tickets on sale at the McKenzie Arena box office and online at


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