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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2012
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LADY MOCS OPEN ST. MARY'S CLASSIC AGAINST PORTLAND STATE

The Chattanooga Lady Mocs open the first day of the St. Mary's Thanksgiving Classic against Portland State. UTC is 3-0 on the year with all three wins against in-state foes No. 20 Tennessee, Belmont and East Tennessee State. Taylor Hall leads the team in scoring with 17.3 ppg and 6.3 rebounds per game. Meghan Downes, with a career-high 24 points in the last outing, is second on the team with 12.3 ppg. Also averaging double figures is Kayla Christopher (11.0) and Alex Black (10.7). Kylie Lambert is second on the team in rebounding is 5.7 rebounds and three assists per game. UTC leads the league in scoring offense with 81.7 points per game and 3-point field goal percentage (.446).

LAST TIME OUT
DOWNES CAREER NIGHT LEADS LADY MOCS PAST EAST TENNESSEE STATE, 81-48
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga junior Meghan Downes drained a career-high 24 points to lead the Lady Mocs to an 81-48 win over East Tennessee State Saturday night at the McKenzie Arena. Downes was 8-of-11 from the field with four 3-pointers, 4-of-6 from the free throw line and had two steals and two blocked shots in 20 minutes. Joining her in double figures were senior Kayla Christopher with 14 points and a pair of 3-pointers, junior Alex Black with 13 points and 3-of-4 from beyond the arc and junior Taylor Hall with 12 points and five rebounds. Junior Destiny Bramblett played just nine minutes but led UTC with six rebounds and put in six points, making 4-of-4 from the free throw line. She has made all nine of her free throw attempts this season. Senior Kylie Lambert had five rebounds while Black and freshman Alicia Payne each dished out a team-high four assists. Chattanooga is off to its best start since the 1999-2000 season, Moore's second year at Chattanooga, with a 3-0 record. ETSU falls to 0-2 on the short season. The Lady Mocs shot 48.5% (16-of-33) in the first half and were 46.6% (27-of-58) for the game and scored 80 or more points for the third straight game, a Southern Conference best average. From the 3-point arc, Chattanooga shot a scorching 50% (11-of-22) but was outrebounded by the Lady Bucs 46-41. ETSU got the first bucket of the game and the Lady Mocs responded with 9-0 run and never looked back. The Lady Bucs cut the score to three, 9-6 at the 16 minute mark, with six quick points, but again UTC responded with a 12-0 run to get well into a double-digit lead, going up 21-6 at the 11:29 mark of the opening half. The Lady Mocs continued to push its lead behind the scoring of Christopher who had 12 first-half points and led 42-20 at the break. Chattanooga did not let up in the second half and would lead by as much as 35 points when Black drained one of her three 3-pointers with 6:09 to play to put the Lady Mocs up 72-37. Downes put up 15 second half points making five shots including a pair of 3-pointers. The Lady Mocs dished out 18 assists, forced 20 ETSU turnovers, capitalizing on the miscues with 18 points. ETSU outrebounded Chattanooga 46-41 with 18 offensive rebounds resulting in 18 second chance points while The Lady Mocs' bench outscored ETSU 40-16.

UP NEXT...
ST. MARY'S THANKSGIVING CLASSIC
The Lady Mocs will take on Portland State (3-0) on the opening day of the Classic and close with host St. Mary's on Saturday. UTC defeated Northwestern (La.) State (83-59) and Washington State (84-36) in the 2004 St. Mary's Hilton Concord Thanksgiving Classic.

SCOUTING PORTLAND STATE
This will be just the second meeting between Portland State and the Lady Mocs. The last time the two teams met was in the opening round of the University of Hawai'i Paradise Classic in December 2006. UTC posted an 81-61 win over the Vikings to advance to the championship game and eventual title. Portland State is 3-0 on the year with a double overtime win over Oregon in Eugene last week. Courtney VanBrocklin leads the team in scoring with 18.7 ppg and has five rebounds per game. Kate Lanz and Mikaela Rivard are each averaging nine points per game through three and Lanz has eight rebounds an outing, second most for her squad. Angela Misa is averaging 10.7 rebounds per game, a team-high and has 6.3 rebounds. PSU is outscoring its opponents 69.7-57.3 (+12.3) and has a 4.3 rebounding advantage. The team is shooting 35.9% from the field and 23.5 from beyond the arc, averaging four 3-pointers per game.

SCOUTING ST. MARY'S
The Lady Mocs and St. Mary's have never played before despite UTC participating in the 2004 St. Mary's Classic. The Gaels are 1-2 on the season with losses at Washington and California with their only win a double-overtime victory at Oregon. St. Mary's is outscored 62.3-76.0 (-13.7) by its opponents but hold an 8.0 advantage on the boards. From the field, SMC is shooting 33.5% and averaging 24.5% from beyond the arc. From the free throw line, the Gaels are shooting 72.7%. Jackie Nared leads the team in scoring with 16.7 points per game and has 9.7 boards. Morgan Hatten is leading the team off the glass with 10.3 rpg and 6.0 ppg while Danielle Mauldin is crashing the boards with 10.0 per game and 11.3 rebounds an outing.

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.

OFF TO A HOT START
The Lady Mocs have started the 2012-13 season with three straight wins, marking its best start since 1999-2000, Moore's second season when UTC started the turnaround season at 4-0. Chattanooga's best start in school history was a 5-0 beginning to the 1977-78 season under Sharon Fanning. and posted a 19-7 record.

CHRISTOPHER'S COUNTDOWN TO 1,000
Senior Kayla Christopher is nearing her 1,000th career point at UTC. She has 33 points so far this season and needs just eight more to hit the mark. Throught 98 games with UTC, she has made 336 field goals, of with 169 are 3-ptrs. Chattanooga has 24 members of the 1,000-point club.

CHRISTOPHER CLIMBING THE CHARTS
Senior Kayla Christopher continues her climb through the Lady Mocs all-time Top 10 3-pointers made chart. She is fifth on the list with 169 and has three on the year. She needs just one more to reach Miranda Warfield's 170 for fourth.

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. In the poll released Nov. 19, Chattanooga is 35th with 12 votes.

LADY MOCS NINTH IN THE MID-MAJOR POLL
The Lady Mocs received 444 votes in the Mid-Major poll on Nov. 20 and ranked ninth. Green Bay, with five first place votes, is ranked first with 735 points followed by Gonzaga with 15 first place votes and 724 points. Delaware dropped to third with 665 points and seven first place votes followed by Princeton (654). Middle Tennessee moved up to fifth in the poll with three votes and 631 points.

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.

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.

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.
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).

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 403 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.

A CLOSER LOOK AT THE NEWCOMERS
Freshmen Tatianna Jackson (Atlanta, Ga.) and Alicia Payne (Memphis, Tenn.) join the Lady Mocs lineup this season. Tatianna Jackon, a four-star rated player from The Lovett School and led her team to the state finals her senior year. She was a three-time all-state performer and scored 1,812 career points ... Alica Payne, a three-star rated player, led her team in assists for two seasons and was a two-time all-region selection for White Station.

MOORE ADDS SIX IN EARLY PERIOD
Head Coach Wes Moore added six new faces to the 2013-14 roster in the early signing period. Dade County's Ansley Chilton, a 6-2 forward, is expected to redshirt her first season to gain size and experience behind Faith Dupree and Ashlen Dewart. Moses Johnson, a 6-0 guard from Greenforest-McCalep in Georgia, has over 1,000 points through three years and was an all-state honorable mention pick last year. Whitney Hartlage, a 5-8 guard from Mercy Academy in Kentucky, helped her team to the 2010 Kentucky state title. Aryanna Gilbert, a 5-10 forward from Columbia Central transfer, led her Lawrence County team to the Class AAA state tournament with a 27-7 record. Jasmine Joyner from Southaven, Miss., was named to the Clarion-Ledger Mississippi Girls "Dandy Dozen". Point guard Chelsey Shumpert from Tilghman High School in Kentucky has been a member of the varsity squad since her seventh grade year. She averaged 25.4 points per game as a junior with 4.2 assists and 3.7 steals and helped her team to a 29-6 overall record.

DEWART NOW IN THE LADY MOC MIX
Dewart, sister of former Lady Moc Bailey Dewart, transferred from SoCon rival Appalachian State after helping the Mountaineers to the Southern Conference regular season title . As a freshman, she led ASU to the Women's Basketball Invitation title and was named Most Outstanding Player. She topped the 1,000-point mark as a sophomore and was selected all-conference by the league coaches and media. As a freshman she was named to the league's all-freshman team and received a second-team all-conference nod by the media.

HOME COURT WIN STREAK CLIMBS
The Lady Mocs posted a perfect 13-0 record at the Roundhoues last season. UTC has won both games this season at McKenzie and has run its win streak to 15 games.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL IN McKENZIE
The Lady Mocs played their first game in the UTC Arena on Dec. 3, 1983 and posted a 74-66 win over Tennessee Tech. Over the next 15 years, the Lady Mocs continued to call Maclellan Gym home and played just a handful of games in the Roundhouse. However, with the arrival of Wes Moore in 1998, the women made the move to the arena playing half of the 1998-99 schedule in the larger building. By Moore's second season, all but two of Chattanooga's home games have been played at the McKenzie Arena. Those two games were both played in the 2004-05 year in Maclellan Gym. UTC has now topped the 200 mark for games played in the Roundhouse since that first year and have a 181-43 record spanning three coaches and 28 years. UTC went 13-0 at home last year and is 2-0 this season.

HOT HISTORY AT HOME
The Lady Mocs went undefeated at the Roundhouse last year posting a 13-0 record.According to RPIRatings.com, the Lady Mocs have posted a 115-22 (.8394) record in the McKenzie Arena since the 2001-02 season, Moore's fourth year, through last season. That ranks ninth among all Division I women's teams with Tennessee holding the top mark with a 341-20 mark (.9446).

LADY MOCS PLAY 39TH SEASON
2012-13 marks the 39th season of varsity women's basketball at Chattanooga. Through 38 years UTC's record is 707-404. In 1974, Grace Keith was named the head coach of the Mocettes. Over two years, she posted a record of 21-23. Sharon Cable Fanning, a former player, followed and changed the nickname to Lady Mocs. In 11 years she led UTC to four SoCon titles and the 1984 NWIT finals. Craig Parrot led Chattanooga for 11 season and took the Lady Mocs to their first NCAA tournament. During his tenure UTC won one SoCon title, two tournament crowns and went to the NCAA Tournament twice. Wes Moore returns for his 15th season. He led UTC to 11 consecutive crowns, 12 20-win seasons in 13 years, including 11 straight, and 12 postseason appearances including eight trips to the NCAA tournament.

CHATTANOOGA LADY MOCS ON THE AIR WITH LARRY WARD
For the 12th straight year, Larry Ward, "The Voice of the Lady Mocs" will broadcast each and every Chattanooga women's basketball game. This season, the Mocs Sports Network will air most games on the UTC flagship station ESPN Radio 105.1 The Zone. When the men's and women's times conflict, they will broadcast on WPLZ 95.3 FM. Stick around after the women's games and listen to Ward and Head Coach Wes Moore discuss the stats and plays. The postgame show is broadcast live over the public address system at the McKenzie Arena except on doubleheaders.

INDSIDE CHATTANOOGA BASKETBALL
Get a look at Chattanooga women's basketball with insights from Lady Mocs Head Coach Wes Moore. The show airs weekly alternating between the Mocs and Lady Mocs. The show will air at 11:05 Wednesday nights on Fox 61 and will re-air at midnight Friday on MyNetworkTVChattanoga (channel 8 on EPB and 226 on Comcast). Also available on EPB Fiber Optics Video On Demand Service.

2012-13 CHAT WITH THE MOCS
Throughout the season, head coaches Wes Moore and John Shulman will participate in a live, interactive radio show hosted by the Voice of the Mocs Jim Reynolds. The shows will be aired live at Jefferson's located on Georgia Avenue at Fountain Square.
(times subject to change)
December 4, 2012 7-8 PM
December 13, 2012 7-8 PM
December 18, 2012 7-8 PM
January 3, 2013 7-8 PM
January 8, 2013 7-8 PM
January 15, 2013 7-8 PM
January 22, 2013 7-8 PM
January 29, 2013 7-8 PM
February 5, 2013 7-8 PM
February 12, 2013 7-8 PM
February 19, 2013 7-8 PM
February 26, 2013 7-8 PM
March 5, 2013 7-8 PM
March 12, 2013 7-8 PM
March 19, 2013 7-8 PM

 

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