GAMEDAY CENTRAL: Lady Mocs at Appalachian State



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HEAD COACH: Wes Moore (Tennessee, 1986)
RECORD AT UTC: 354-112/15 seasons
CAREER RECORD: 554-168/24 seasons

The Lady Mocs clinched their 18th Southern Conference title, 12th in 14 years, with a 68-59 win over Davidson on February 25 at the McKenzie Arena. UTC is 25-3 overall and 18-1 in league play. While a 18-1 mark in league play is impressive, the Lady Mocs have gone undefeated three times against the SoCon, all in the Wes Moore Era. UTC was 20-0 in the 2003-04 season, en route to a school-record 27-game win streak capped off with a defeat of Rutgers in the first round of the NCAA. Two years later, in 2005-06 and again in 2007-08, the Lady Mocs went 18-0. In 2004-05, UTC posted a 19-1 mark and in Moore's second year, the Lady Mocs were 17-1, starting a streak of 11 consecutive Southern Conference regular season titles.

The Lady Mocs lead the SoCon in scoring margin, outscoring opponents by a 68.6-53.9 (14.6 ppg) advantage. Chattanooga is shooting 42.3 percent from the field including a 31.3 percent effort from beyond the arc while shooting just 63.9 percent from the free throw line. UTC is second in the SoCon for made 3-pointers with 6.3 per game. On the boards the Lady Mocs are third in the league standings with 40.2 rebounds per game, averaging 14.5 offensive boards. The Lady Mocs' assist-turnover ratio is tops in the league with 15.0 assists per game to 13.9 turnovers (1.1). UTC leads the SoCon in turnover margin as well committing just 13.9 miscues compared to 18.3 on average by the rest of the league.

Junior Ashlen Dewart (Spartanburg, S.C.) leads the league in field goal percentage making 52.4 percent of her attempts. Against Davidson she was 11-of-13 (.846) from the field, her best effort this season. She ranks third in the league for scoring with 15.9 points per game and ninth in rebounding with 6.9 per game. She has six double-doubles this season and 10 games with 20 or more points. Senior Kayla Christopher (Oliver Springs, Tenn.) ranks first in 3-point field goal percentage in the Socon making 40.7 percent of her shots and is tops in the league with an assist-turnover ratio of 2.0 (3.1a-1.5to). Christopher is 17th in the conference for scoring with 11.9 points per game, eighth for assists (3.1) and eighth for field goal shooting percentage making 44.9 percent of her shots. She is ranked third in the SoCon for 3-pointers made with 57 on the year, raising her career 3-pointers made total to 223, third all-time in the SoCon and second all-time at Chattanooga. Junior Taylor Hall (New Tazewell, Tenn.) is 25th in the league in scoring with 8.5 ppg and 16th for rebounding with 5.9 per game. Senior Kylie Lambert (Etowah, Tenn.) is 21st in the conference in the rebounding category with 5.2 per game

HEAD COACH: Darcy Vincent (Duquesne, 1992)
RECORD AT ASU: 103-44/5 seasons
CAREER RECORD: 367-156/17 seasons

The Mountaineers were selected to win a third straight Southern Conference title by the media and second by the league coaches. Appalachian State is currently third in the SoCon standings with a 13-5 record and are 19-7 overall. Two wins on the final weekend of the regular season, coupled with back-to-back losses by Davidson would put ASU into a tie with the Wildcats for second. Appalachian State leads the league in scoring offense with 70.2 points per game and second to the Lady Mocs in scoring margin, outdueling opponents by 12.6 points per game. At the charity stripe, ASU leads the SoCon making 77.5 percent of its shots and has the top field goal shooting percentage at 43.2 percent. From beyond the arc, App State is shooting 29.3 percent and ranked seventh in the conference with 3.8 per game. On the boards, the Mountaineers are second with 40.9 rebounds per game and second behind UTC for rebounding margin with 4.0 more board per game than the rest of the SoCon. ASU leads the SoCon in assists (16.4/game) and steals (12.8/game) and are third for blocked shots with 3.9 per game.

Four Mountaineeers are ranked among the league's top scorers led by Anna Freeman's SoCon-best 16.5 points per game. Maryah Sydnor is ranked fifth (15.4), Courtney Freeman is ninth (12.9) and Katie Mallow is 30th with 7.3 points per game. Anna Freeman is third in the SoCon for rebounds with 9.0/game and ninth for field goal percentage making 44.2 percent of her attempts. She is also ranked among the league leaders for assists with 3.3 per game and shoots 87.5 percent at the free throw line. She leads the SoCon with 3.0 steals per game and has 1.9 blocked shots per contest while sporting a 1.3 assist-turnover ratio. Kelsey Sharkey is second on the team for rebounding with 6.6 per game while Sydnor is next pulling down 6.5 an outing. Courtney Freeman is second in the SoCon behind former teammate Ashlen Dewart (UTC) for field goal percentage making 50.6 percent of her attemtps and Sydnor is third at 49.2 percent.

Chattanooga and Appalachian State have met 75 times with UTC leading the series 50-25. While the Mountaineers have won four of the last six meetings, the Lady Mocs claimed a narrow 59-55 victory at the Roundhouse earlier this season. On the road, the Lady Mocs are 21-13 while Wes Moore has posted a 28-5 mark against Appalachian State.

In the last meeting between UTC and Appalachian State, the Lady Mocs posted a 59-55 win on their home court. Chattanooga was 19-of-54 from the floor and drained 7-of-24 3-pointers. The Mountaineers were 21-of-58 from the field, but couldn't connect on a single trey in nine attempts. From the free throw line, the Lady Mocs shot 63.6% making 14-of-22 while ASU was 13-of-16 (81.3%). Chattanooga edged the Mountaineers 40-38 on the boards and had a 10-4 advantage on bench scoring. Former Appalachian State All-SoCon player Ashlen Dewart and fellow junior Taylor Hall posted double-doubles in the win. Dewart was had 12 points and 12 rebounds while Hall posted a game-high 15 points with 11 boards, three assists, one blocked shot and a steal. Seniors Kayla Christopher and Kylie Lambert each put up 11 points in the win with Christopher dishing out five assists. Lambert was 3-of-6 from beyond the arc with two rebounds.

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