SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2012
TUSCALOOSA, ALABAMA • FOSTER AUDITORIUM
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The Lady Mocs and Alabama have met nine times with the Tide winning five of the contests. UTC has won two of the last three including a home win in 2007, the last meeting, by a 62-34 margin. In Wes Moore's second season at UTC, the Lady Mocs edged Alabama 70-68 on free throws for a first round WNIT win at home. The Tide started the season with five straight wins before falling to Wisconsin in its last outing to move to 5-1 overall. Alabama is averaging 79.5 points per game, second best in the SEC behind Tennessee, and has a scoring margin of 14.3 ppg. The Tide is shooting 34 percent from the field, 24 percent from the 3-point arc 61.3 percent from the free throw line. On the boards, Alabama averages 48 rebounds per game, but gives up an average 51.7 to its opponents. The Tide commits just 17 turnovers per game and is forcing an average 32.5 while nabbing 17.7 steals on average this season. Shafontaye Myers, with just one start, is averaging a team-high 13.8 points per game with a team-high 19 3-pointers, while Jasmine Robinson is averaging 13.2 ppg and 5.0 rebounds per game. Daisha Simmons is contributing 12.7 ppg and 5.3 rpg and Meghan Perkins, also averaging double figures per game at 11.5, has 5.2 rebounds per game. The team's leading rebounder, Kaneisha Horn has 6.2 per game and 9.7 points per game. Simmons, with a team-high 20 turnovers, also leads the Tide with 25 assists, 23 steals and eight blocked shots.
HOT OFFENSIVE OUTPUT
The Lady Mocs started the season with an 80-71 win over Tennessee, marking the first win over the Lady Vols in 19 tries. UTC followed that with an 84-54 win at Belmont then topped the 80-point mark for a third straight game defeating ETSU 81-48. In UTC's second SoCon matchup this season, the Lady Mocs topped 80 points with an 83-40 win over Furman.
OFF TO A GREAT START
The Lady Mocs matched the best start of the Wes Moore Era with four straight wins. In Moore's second season with UTC, the Lady Mocs posted a phenomenal turnaround from a 10-17 season in his first year to a 26-5 overall record and a trip to the WNIT in 1999-2000. That year, UTC started the season 4-0. The best start in school history was a 5-0 beginning to the 1977-78 season under Sharon Fanning. and posted a 19-7 record. UTC is now 6-1, matching it's 2002-03 start.
LADY MOCS RECEIVE VOTES IN AP TOP 25
After winning the season opener against No. 20 Tennessee, the Lady Mocs received 10 votes in the AP Top 25 Poll and followed that up the next week with 12. UTC is still receiving votes in the poll released this week as well as the USA Today Coaches Poll.
LADY MOCS SIXTH IN THE MID-MAJOR POLL
The Lady Mocs (4-1) received 578 votes in the Mid-Major poll on Nov. 27 and ranked sixth. Gonzaga (6-1), with 12 first place votes, is ranked first with 756 points followed by Green Bay (4-1) with 18 first place votes and 740 points. Middle Tennessee (4-1) climbed from fifth to third with one first place vote and 638 points while Delaware (2-2) dropped to fourth with 595 points followed by BYU (3-3) with 580 points.
DEWART TOPS THE 20-POINT MARK FOR THIRD TIME
Since moving into the starting lineup on Nov. 23, junior Ashlen Dewart has scored 20 or more points three times in four games. She posted 23 points against Portland State at the Saint Mary's Thanksgiving Classic then posted a double-double with 29 points and 12 rebounds against Wofford in the Southern Conference opener. She topped the 20-point mark for the third time in her career at UTC with 21 and seven rebounds in Chattanooga's rout of Furman at home.
CHRISTOPHER NAMED SOCON STUDENT-ATHLETE
Senior Kayla Christopher was named the Southern Conference Student-Athlete of the week for her performance in the classroom and on the court for the week of Nov. 28. Christopher topped 1,000 points and moved to fourth all-time at UTC for 3-pointers made while maintaining a 3.56 GPA in Health and Exercise Science. She scored a season-high 27 points and drained seven 3-pointers at Saint Mary's - one shy of the school record.
CHRISTOPHER NOW 25TH MEMBER OF 1000-PT CLUB
Senior Kayla Christopher scored eight points in UTC's win over Portland State to reach her 1,000th career point. She is the 25th member of the Lady Mocs' 1,000-Point Club. She has 96 points this season for 1,055 and is 21st on the all-time chart. Through 100 games with UTC, she has made 354 field goals, of with 180 are 3-ptrs.
CHRISTOPHER CLIMBING THE CHARTS
Senior Kayla Christopher continues her climb through the Lady Mocs all-time Top 10 3-pointers made chart. She made two 3-pointers in UTC's win over Portland State to move past Miranda Warfield for fourth on the all-time list at UTC with 171. She drained a career-high seven against Saint Mary's FOR 178 and now has 180. She has moved into the Southern Conference's Top 10 joining former Lady Mocs Brooke Hand (316), Katasha Brown (216) and Jenaya Wade-Fray (214) and is ranked sixth in the history of the Southern Conference.
BRAMBLETT FROM THE CHARITY STRIPE
Junior Destiny Bramblett made her first 11 free throws this season and is now 11-of-12 from the charity stripe. She was ranked 34th in the first NCAA rankings on Nov. 26.
DEWART RECORDS DOUBLE-DOUBLE
Junior Ashlen Dewart scored a season-high 29 points in the Lady Mocs Southern Conference opening win over Wofford and added 12 rebounds for her first double-double with the Lady Mocs. Added to her 10 from ASU, she now has 11 for her career.
DEWART SHINES IN FIRST START AT UTC
Junior Ashlen Dewart made 57 starts in her two seasons at Appalachian State. With the loss of classmate Faith Dupree to injury, Dewart was called upon to make her first start as a Lady Moc and took advantage. She put up large numbers against Portland State at the Saint Mary's Thanksgiving Classic with a season-high 23 points and eight rebounds.
LAMBERT RECORDS DOUBLE-DOUBLE
Senior Kylie Lambert recorded her fifth career double-double with a season-high 18 points and 10 rebounds against Portland State at the St. Mary's Classic. She also had a career-high five steals and was 10-of-12 from the free throw line.
DOWNES TALLIES CAREER NIGHT AGAINST ETSU
Junior Meghan Downes has proved over the last two years that she likes to shoot againt East Tennessee State. After hitting an at-the-time-career-high 18 against the Lady Bucs in Johnson City, Downes put up a new chart-topping 24 points against ETSU at the Roundhouse this season. She also posted career-highs for blocked shots (2), field goals (8) and free throws (4).
HALL NAMED SOCON PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Taylor Hall was selected the Southern Conference Player of the Week after leading the Lady Mocs to an 80-71 win over No. 20 Tennessee in the season opener. She tied her career-high with 24 points and hit career-bests in assists, steals and blocked shots. She pulled down nine rebounds and ranks among the league's Top Five in 10 categories with top rankings in scoring (24). assist-turnover ratio (999.0) and blocked shots (3.0).
HALL NAMED COLLEGE SPORTS MADNESS SOCON & MID-MAJOR PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Junior Taylor Hall tied her career-high in scoring with 24 points to lead the Lady Mocs to an 80-71 win over No. 20 Tennessee in the season opener at the Roundhouse. She had nine rebounds and posted career-highs in assists (5) and steals (4) while tying her career-best in blocked shots with three while committing no turnovers. Hall was 9-of-12 from the field and 3-of-5 from beyond the arc while making 3-of-5 from the free throw line.
HALL HAS CAREER NIGHT AGAINST UTK
Junior Taylor Hall (New Tazewell, Tenn.) tied her career-high with 24 points in the Lady Mocs' win over Tennessee. She was 9-of-12 from the field and 3-of-5 from the 3-point line. She just missed a double-double with nine rebounds. She had career-highs for assists (5), steals (4), minutes (31), field goals made (9) and tied her career-best for blocked shots with three.
ALL-VOLUNTEER STATE LINEUP
With the addition of Alex Black (Memphis) and Faith Dupree (Knoxville) to the Lady Mocs starting lineup, that makes an all-Tennessee starting five. The duo join Kayla Christopher (Oliver Springs), Kylie Lambert (Etowah) and Taylor Hall (New Tazewell). Alicia Payne (Memphis) is the only other Tennessee resident on the roster. However, that lineup was broken up with the injury to Dupree. Ashlen Dewart (Spartanburg, S.C.) has taken her spot at the No. 5 position.
DUPREE MAKES FIRST START AGAINST UTK
Junior Faith Dupree grew up in the shadow of the Lady Vols and signed to play for Summitt out of high school. After a year-and-a-half, she transferred down the road and has faced her former team twice. Last season in Knoxville, she led the Lady Mocs with 17 points off the bench and this season made her first collegiate start, matching up against the Lady Vols. She played 24 minutes scoring six points and grabbing three rebounds.
A SEASON ON THE ROAD
The Lady Mocs will play 16 games on the road this season including 10 Southern Conference contests, a Thanksgiving tournament at St. Mary's in San Francisco, Calif., and four non-conference games. UTC's first road game was a 30-point win at Belmont. In December, the Lady Mocs will travel to the state of Alabama to take on Alabama and Auburn and then face off against UAB just after the New Year.
HOT FROM BEYOND THE ARC
UTC has made at least one 3-point shot in 408 consecutive games dating back to December 31, 1999 against Appalachian State in Wes Moore's second season. Chattanooga broke its own Southern Conference and school single-game 3-point record with 16 treys in a televised game against Georgia Southern on Dec. 4, 2010. Samford tied the record last season with 16 against Jacksonville State on Nov. 30. The previous record of 15 was reached twice by the Lady Mocs and once by Samford. The most UTC has made in a season was 257, accomplished twice with the latest in 2009-10.