WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2013
CHATTANOOGA, TENNESSEE • McKENZIE ARENA
7:00 PM EST • RADIO: ESPN 105.1 FM
SCOUTING THE LADY MOCS
Chattanooga, on an eight-game win streak, moved into first place over the weekend with wins over Furman and Wofford on the road. With Davidson off Monday, Chattanooga (18-3) improved to 11-1 in league play, one game up on the Wildcats (10-1 SoCon). The Lady Mocs have a league-best scoring margin of 13.5 points per game sitting second in both scoring offense (68.3) and scoring defense (54.8). From the field, Chattanooga is shooting 41.1 percent (2nd) and 31.8 percent (2nd) from the 3-point line. On the boards, the Lady Mocs are averaging 39.1 rebounds per game and are second in the SoCon with a 1.7 positive rebounding margin.
Junior Ashlen Dewart (Spartanburg, S.C.) is third in the SoCon averaging 15.3 points per game. She has topped the 20-point mark seven times this season since assuming the starting role when teammate Faith Dupree (Knoxville, Tenn.) suffered a knee injury in the third game. She has a league-best field goal percentage of .524 and leads the team in rebounding along with senior Kylie Lambert (Etowah, Tenn.) with 6.0 per game. Senior Kayla Christopher (Oliver Springs, Tenn.) is second on the team in scoring with 12.0 points per game and is second in the league for 3-point field goal percentage making 41 percent from beyond the arc and averaging 2.0 per game. She is fifth in the league for field goal percentage making 45.7 percent and ninth in the league for assists with 3.0 per game. Junior Alex Black (Memphis, Tenn.) with a trio of triples against Furman, is now 10th in the SoCon for 3-point shooting percentage making 33.8 percent of her attempts.
SCOUTING THE BULLDOGS
The Bulldogs are 11-10 overall and 8-4 in Southern Conference play following a 59-55 loss at Samford over the weekend. Samford is ninth in the league in scoring with 53.7 points per game but lead the league in points allowed at 53.1. They lead the SoCon in 3-point field goal percentage making 34.9 percent of their attempts and have a league-high 7.1 per game. On the boards Samford is last in the league grabbing just 32.2 rebounds per game while giving up 38.1 to its opponents.
Jazmine Martin, who scored 31 against UTC in the last meeting between the two teams, is 17th in the league with 11.1 points per game, a team-best. Taylor Reece averages 8.9 points for the Bulldogs while Hannah Dawson, the team's leading rebounder with 7.0 per game, is third on the team in scoring with 7.8 points per game. Kendall Schwantz leads the SoCon in 3-point field goal shooting making 48 percent of her attempts with Dawson hitting 39.1 percent and Reed draining 35.6 percent. Martin has a team-best 27.
THE LAST TIME THEY MET...
Samford and Chattanooga last met two weeks ago in Birmingham at the Pete Hanna Center. The Lady Mocs came away with a 66-60 win over the Bulldogs in a game that drew close over the second half. UTC started out knocking down three straight 3-pointers en route to a 15-0 lead, its largest of the half. Chattanooga would keep a generous margin throughout the first half and led 30-19 at the break after the Bulldogs drained a trey at the buzzer.
In the second half, Jazmine Martin stepped up her game and scored 22 of her game-high 31 points shooting 77.8 percent for the game and a blistering 10-of-11 (.909) in the second half alone. Chattanooga held off the barrage and never gave up the lead despite Samford getting to within two points in the final three minutes.
Hannah Dawson joined her teammate in double figures with 11 points and recorded a double-double with 12 rebounds and dished out four assists. The Bulldogs, playing with just seven on the roster for the night due to injury and illness, got scoring from everyone.
Chattanooga was led by Ashlen Dewart's 14 points while junior Taylor Hall (New Tazewell, Tenn.) and Kayla Christopher each added in 12 points. Christopher had six rebounds and five assists along with three steals. Freshman Tatianna Jackson (Atlanta, Ga.) had nine points and a team-high nine rebounds in the win along with two assists and three steals.
Chattanooga and Samford have met 17 times since 1998 and 11 times since the Bulldogs joined the Southern Conference in 2008. UTC holds an 11-6 advantage and 6-5 in SoCon play. The Bulldogs swept the Lady Mocs in both regular season contests and the SoCon tournament in 2011 before going on to beat Appalachian State in the finals. The two teams split the games last year with each winning at home while Chattanooga won the game earlier this season in the Southern Rail Rivalry Series.