CHATTANOOGA at FURMAN
FEBRUARY 15, 2014 - 1:30 p.m. EST
GREENVILLE, SOUTH CAROLINA - TIMMONS ARENA
RADIO: ESPN 105.1 FM - PLAY-BY-PLAY: LARRY WARD
TV: WMYI (LOCAL)
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LEAGUE-LEADING WOMEN’S BASKETBALL TRAVELS TO FURMAN SATURDAY
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. --- The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women’s basketball team will hit the road for a Saturday matchup at Furman. The Paladins are currently tied with Elon for third in the Southern Conference standings with a 7-5 record. Chattanooga is 13-0 and needs just one more win to assure itself of at least a share of an 18th Southern Conference regular season title since 1984.
Saturday's game tips at 1:30 p.m. and will be broadcast in Greenville on WMYI-TV. Larry Ward will have the call LIVE on ESPN 105.1 FM "The Zone". Live stats will be available at Gameday Central and on the women's basketball schedule page at GoMocs.com.
CHATTANOOGA vs. FURMAN
This will be the second meeting between Chattanooga and Furman this season. UTC came away with a 62-44 win and 25th in the last 26 meetings. The Paladins posted a 75-61 victory over Chattanooga at Timmons Arena on February 6, 2012, snapping a 21-game – 10 year – win streak. The Mocs lead the series 45-21 since 1985 when Furman joined the Southern Conference. UTC is 19-11 on the road against the Paladins.
CHATTANOOGA (21-3, 13-0)
Chattanooga leads the Southern Conference with a 13-0 record and needs just one more win for at least a share of an unprecedented 18th Southern Conference regular season title since 1984. Chattanooga unofficially claimed the regular season title in 1982 and 1983, the first two years of women’s basketball in the Southern Conference.
Chattanooga averages a league-high 70 points per game and leads the SoCon in scoring defense allowing opponents just 57.1 points per game resulting in a scoring margin of 12.9 points per game. UTC also leads the conference in field goal percentage making 44.9 percent of its shots and is ranked second in free throw percentage at 72.9 percent, currently the second-best free throw percentage for a season in school history (.731 – 2005-06). UTC averages 37.5 rebounds per game, sixth in the league but has a SoCon-high rebounding defense, allowing opponents to just 33.0 boards per game. Chattanooga has leads the league in assists (15.3), assist-turnover ratio (1.2) and turnover margin (+2.67).
Taylor Hall and Ashlen Dewart are Chattanooga’s only two players averaging double figures. Hall has a team-high 14.2 points per game and leads UTC in rebounding (8.8), assists (4.5), free throw percentage (.840), steals (2.3), blocked shots (1.1) and assist-turnover ratio (1.6). She leads the SoCon in defensive rebounds with 7.0 per game. Dewart is second on the team in scoring with 10.5 points and rebounding with 4.8 board per game. She leads UTC in field goal percentage making 50.5 percent of her shots. Chelsey Shumpert and Alex Black are on the league’s top 10 list for 3-point field goals. Shumpert is second in the SoCon in percentage (.421) while Black is fourth (.407). Shumpert is 12th for 3-pointers made (1.1) and Black has 1.0 per game ranking her 15th in the league standings.
The Paladins rank among the league’s best in several categories. Furman is third in scoring with 67.1 points per game and second in scoring margin with 1.8 points more per game than its opponents. On the boards, the Paladins are second in the league in rebounding with 40 per game with a SoCon-high 28.3 boards per game.
Four Paladins are ranked in the Top 30 for scoring in the Southern Conference led by sophomore Holli Wilkins, daughter of former UTC star Gerald Wilkins, with 14.6 points per game. She is joined on the list by Brittany Hodges (13.7), Sarah Durdaller (9.3) and Whitney Bunn (7.8). Hodges leads the SoCon with 9.4 rebounds per game while Duraller is ranked 11th with 5.6 boards and Wilkins is third on her team with 4.6 per game. Hodges also leads the SoCon in field goal percentage making a remarkable 60 percent of her shots and Wilkins is shooting 41.5 percent. Brigid Morrissey is first in the league standings with 5.5 assists per game while Durdaller is first in free throw percentage making 86.4 percent of her attempts. Hodges is second in both offensive (3.4) and defensive (6.0) rebounds per game.