Those accolades are built on strong leadership, excellent coaching and the performance of some special student-athletes. This weekend the third member of the Wes Moore era of Lady Mocs basketball will be inducted into the UTC Athletics Hall of Fame when Katasha Brown Flatt joins Damita Bullock and Jennifer Wilson Galloway in the prestigious group of 188 alumni and supporters.
Brown was a four-year standout for the Lady Mocs from 2003-06. She was a two-time SoCon Player of the Year, the MVP of the 2004 SoCon Tournament and led UTC to four-straight postseason appearances.
Brown was a highly-sought after prospect from Claiborne County High School in Tazewell, Tenn. After scoring over 2,200 points in her prep career, she had her choice of places to play in the region, but Coach Moore convinced her to come to Chattanooga.
"She was a great student-athlete and an unbelievable player," stated Coach Moore. "We were fortunate to sell her on the idea of coming to UTC instead of an SEC school. The main thing we sold her on was that she would be a special player here. That was definitely one recruiting line that turned out to be true."
She made an immediate impact as a freshman, coming off the bench for 7.8 ppg in 31 contests. She led the SoCon in 3-pt. FG%, hitting 42.4% (39-92) of her attempts from deep. That was a balanced Lady Mocs squad that went 26-5 and won the SoCon Regular Season and Tournament without a player averaging in double-figures.
She had a breakout season as a sophomore, averaging 14.1 ppg while hitting 42.6% (58-136) of her shots from 3-pt. range. She was second in the SoCon to teammate Miranda Warfield's 45.0% from behind the arc. She became just the second player in SoCon history to earn the league's Player of the Year and Tournament Most Outstanding Player honors in the same season. The Lady Mocs went 29-3, won the SoCon Regular Season and Tournament, and pulled off a historic 74-69 win over Rutgers in the NCAA Tournament.
"When I think of a scorer, I think of someone who could hurt you in a lot of ways," added Coach Moore. "Katasha Brown could hurt you in every way. I haven't had many like that. She was phenomenal and obviously had a great run in her career, including beating Rutgers in the NCAA Tournament. One of the best scorers we have had in my tenure here."
She averaged 12.4 ppg as a junior in 2005, and won her second SoCon Player of the Year honor as a senior in 2006. That year she averaged 13.1 ppg to cap her career in fifth place on UTC's all-time list with 1,472 career points.
"She was long and could get her shot over people if she took it off the bounce," continued Moore. "She was a deadly three point shooter. Because of her size, she could go inside and get offensive rebounds and she was automatic from the foul line."
Brown was not only an accomplished athlete, she also excelled in the classroom. She was a member of the CoSIDA Academic All-District Team, the Academic All-SoCon squad and constant honoree on UTC's Dean's List. She was recognized by the Hall of Fame as senior, earing the 2006 Scrappy Moore Award. That spring she also earned her degree in Biology from UTC.
"She was a competitor and that is what made her so great in everything she did, including the classroom," said Moore. "She wanted to make all A's. She wanted to be the best in everything she did."
Moore and Brown got to reminisce about the 'old times' at the UTC Basketball Legends Weekend on Feb. 9. According to Coach Moore, Brown's husband, Justin Flatt, starting giving her grief about her lack of defensive skills. Coach Moore told her that all she had to say now was, "Hey, I am in the Hall of Fame!"