The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women’s basketball team will host Southern Conference rival ETSU Saturday afternoon at the McKenzie Arena. The Mocs are just one game out of second behind the Bucs. A win for UTC would tie the two for second place behind undefeated Mercer.
Come celebrate Chattanooga head coach Jim Foster’s 900th career win this Saturday with the Mocs. The first 900 fans will receive “900 Wins” sunglasses and a commemorative poster at the gate. A pregame celebration will take place on the court prior to introductions and a congratulatory video will air during timeouts throughout the game.
Chattanooga and East Tennessee State began competing against each other in the Mocs first season, 1974-75.
UTC is 56-22 after falling in the last meeting in Johnson City earlier this season. The Bucs snapped the Mocs’ 10-game win streak against them. At home, UTC is 28-7 against ETSU and 33-13 all-time in the regular season league games.
Chattanooga is 15-8 overall with back-to-back road wins last weekend at Western Carolina and UNCG. The Mocs defeated the Catamounts for Jim Foster’s 900th career win. With a 6-3 record in league play, UTC sits in third place behind ETSU in the Southern Conference standings.
On defense, the Mocs are a tough opponent. They lead the nation in fewest fouls per game, committing just 11.8 per contest. They hold opponents to just 55.8 points per game, 20th in the NCAA and are tough on the perimeter with foes shooting just 27.6 percent from long range, 17th in the nation.
Keiana Gilbert earned her second SoCon Player of the Week nod last week and leads the Mocs with 13.9 points per game. She is second on the team in rebounding with 5.6 boards, has 57 assists, 24 steals and 23 blocked shots. Aryanna Gilbert leads UTC in rebounding with 6.2 rebounds per game and is second on the team in scoring with 13.3 points per game. She has a team-high 64 assists and 32 steals. She has 31 3-pointers and leads the SoCon shooting 88.9 percent from the free throw line.
Lakelyn Boudin has a team-high 48 3-pointers and is third on the team in scoring with 12.4 points per game. Arianne Whitaker had back-to-back 15-point games this weekend including a double-double against the Catamounts. She just missed a second with nine boards at UNCG. She is third on the team in rebounding with 5.5 boards per game. Over the last three games she is averaging 11.3 points and 7.7 rebounds per game.
ETSU is second in the Southern Conference standings with a 7-2 league mark. Overall, the Bucs are 14-10. ETSU ranks 12th in the nation in steals, led by Erica Haynes-Overton who is ranked 6th nationally and Tianna Tarter who is ranked 21st nationally in steals. Tianna Tarter has been named to the Nancy Lieberman Watch List and the Citizen Naismith Trophy Watch List. The Bucs are currently outscoring their opponents by 55 points.
Tarter leads the team in scoring with 17.5 points per game and is third in the league in scoring. She leads the Bucs with 104 assists, 66 steals and is averaging 4.5 rebounds per game. Erica Haynes-Overton is second on the team in scoring with 14.5 points per game. She has a SoCon-leading 84 steals and is shooting 46 percent from the field. Shy Copney is third on the team in scoring with 8.0 points per game and leads the Bucs with 47 3-pointers.