CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. --- The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women's basketball team will open the Southern Conference slate this week with a Thursday matchup against Wofford at the McKenzie Arena then host Furman on Saturday as part of a double-header with the men's team.
The Lady Mocs are 4-1 on the year after getting off to their best start since the 1999-2000 season after opening with four straight wins. Senior Kayla Christopher (Oliver Springs, Tenn.) and junior Taylor Hall (New Tazewell, Tenn.) are leading the team with 13.6 points per game. Hall has 5.6 rebounds per game and is 10-of 26 from the 3-point line. Christopher just topped the 1,000-Point mark at UTC and took over fourth on the all-time 3-pointers made list with 178 on her career. She is 12-of-25 from the 3-point line, 8-of-8 from the charity stripe and has a team-high 15 assists.
Senior Kylie Lambert (Etowah, Tenn.) leads the team in rebounding with 6.6 boards per game and recorded a double-double in the Lady Mocs' win over Portland State Friday at the Saint Mary's Thanksgiving Classic. She has 5.6 points per game and a team-high 15 assists. Junior Alex Black (Memphis, Tenn.) has 12 assists so far this season and is averaging 8.8 points and 4.4 rebounds per game.
Chattanooga is on a 15-game home court win streak. UTC went undefeated last year at the Roundhouse and followed that with wins over No. 20 Tennessee in front of 8,468 fans and former SoCon rival East Tennessee State.
The Lady Mocs will tip it off Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Roundhouse. Saturday's game will be a doubleheader with the men's team and tip off against Furman at 5 p.m. Gates open one hour prior to tip off and tickets may be purchased at the gate, online (GoMocs.com - enter #GoMocs for ticket promo) or by phone 423.622.MOCS (6627).
PROMOTIONS THIS WEEK
SOCON HOME TIPOFF - THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2012
To celebrate the first Southern Conference home game of the season, fans can purchase tickets on Thursday, November 29 vs. Wofford for $2. Tickets may be purchased in advance or at the door.
HALFTIME ACT - SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2012
Atlanta's Air Elite is invading McKenzie Arena performing at halftime of both games in the double header on Saturday, December 1. The well-travelled act is a high-flying, high-energy slam dunk show.
The BI-LO BOGO deal is back for 2012-13. Fans get Buy 1, Get 1 Free tickets (or equal or lesser value) by showing their BI-LO BONUSCARD when purchasing tickets gameday at the arena for men's and women's SoCon games in McKenzie Arena.
Tickets are available one of three ways. Fans can call 266-MOCS (6627) or come by the Gate 1 McKenzie Arena Ticket Office. Box office hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Gates open an hour in advance of tipoff on game days.
Fans can also log onto GoMocs.com at the link above to purchase and print at home. For the remainder of the season, use the promo code #GoMocs to buy $5 general admission tickets and print at home for savings in your pocket and on your watch bypassing ticket lines.
BEST START SINCE 1999-2000
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.
CHRISTOPHER REACHES THE 1,000-POINT MARK
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 68 points this season for 1,027 and is 21st on the all-time chart. Through 100 games with UTC, she has made 349 field goals, of with 178 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 and now has 178. 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).
LADY MOCS RECEIVING VOTES IN THREE POLLS
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. Chattanooga is also receiving votes in the AP Top 25 and ESPN/USA Today Coaches polls.
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 teh St. Mary's 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.
ON THE NATIONAL STAGE
The NCAA released its first team and individual rankings this week and the Lady Mocs are holding their own. In the team standings, UTC is ranked 28th for scoring offense with 76.0 points per game and 44th with a 15.6 scoring margin. Shooting 42 percent from the field puts the Lady Mocs 78th out of the 343 Division I teams. And it just gets better from there. With a SoCon-leading 8.4 3-pointers per game, UTC is ranked 12th in the country as well as for turnovers with just 13 per game. UTC is 34th in the NCAA for 3-point field goal percentage at 37.2 percent and 63rd for 3-point field goal percentage at 24.3. UTC is 49th with an 80 percent win-loss percentage reflecting its 4-1 record. The Lady Mocs average 15.2 assists per game, good for 65th overall and 74th for steals with 11.2 an outing. Chattanooga's assist-to-turnover ratio is 17th best in the country while its turnover margin ranks 11th overall.
Individually, the Lady Mocs have four players in the national rankings. Taylor Hall has her name in four categories: steals/game (171-2.4), field goal percentage (196 - 43.1), 3-point field goal percentage (97 - 38.5) and 3-point field goals per game (134 - 2.0). Kayla Christopher is ranked in three categories including 3-point field goal percentage (37 - 48.0), 3-point field goals per game (80 - 2.4), assist-turnover ratio (112 - 1.67). Kylie Lambert is ranked 133rd for free throw percentage (82.4) and 88th for assist-turnover ratio (1.88). Destiny Bramblett is listed 34th for free throw percentage making 11-of-12 on the year for a 91.7 percent accuracy.