GAMEDAY CENTRAL: Lady Mocs at W. Carolina 2 p.m.

 

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WESTERN CAROLINA • FEB. 18, 2012 • 2 p.m.
CULLOWHEE, NORTH CAROLINA • RAMSEY CENTER
RADIO • ESPN 105.1 FM "The Zone"
 
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SCOUTING THE LADY MOCS (18-7, 13-3)
HEAD COACH: Wes Moore (Tennessee, 1985)
CAREER: 525-162/23 years • CHATTANOOGA: 325-106/14 years
The Lady Mocs are 13-3 in the league standings, third overall behind Appalachian State (15-1) and Davidson (14-2) who meet this weekend. UTC is third in the league in scoring, averaging 63.2 points per game and allows 57.5. The Lady Mocs are shooting 39 percent from the floor and 30 percent from the 3-point arc. UTC, with 6.1 3-pointers per game, are third in the league. From the free throw line, Chattanooga is second making 73.7 percent. On the boards, UTC averages 41.3 percent, third in the league and give up 36.9 to its opponents, also third in the SoCon. Chattanooga is last in both blocked shots (2.2/game) and steals (6.2), but are averaging over nine swipes per game over the last five. Whitney Hood leads the team in scoring with 13 points per game followed by Kayla Christopher's 10.3 ppg. Christopher leads the team with 42 3-pointers and makes 37.5 percent of her attempts. Kylie Lambert is third on the team in scoring with 8.6 points per game, 24th in the league standings with Taylor Hall's 8.0 per game in the SoCon's top 30 in scoring. Hall leads the team in rebounding with 8.9 per game, second in the SoCon with Lambert next at 6.3 and Hood averaging 5.8. Hood leads the league in field goal percentage making 50.6 percent of her attempts with Christopher averaging 42.1 percent.

SCOUTING WESTERN CAROLINA (11-14, 6-10)
HEAD COACH: Karen Middleton (South Carolina, 1991)
CAREER: 27-59/3 years • WESTERN CAROLINA: same
The Catamounts have won five of their last six games and are on a current four-game win streak including an overtime win at Furman in their last outing. Over the last five games, Western Carolina has held opponents to less than 60 points and ranks third in the Southern Conference in scoring defense allowing just 56.7 points per game. On offense, the Cats are scoring 53.3 points per game and are eighth in the SoCon with a field goal percentage of 35.7 percent. WCU is shooting 31.8 percent from beyond the arc and 69.9 percent from the free throw line. On the boards, Western Carolina is averaging 34.8 rebounds per game and are second in the league in rebounding defense, allowing opponents just 36 per game. The Catamounts are third in the SoCon with 10.1 steals per game and have a turnover margin of .6, fourth in the league. Kaila'Shea Menendez is the reigning SoCon Player of the Week and leads the team in scoring with 12.2 points per game, ninth in the conference standings. She is 12th in the SoCon in field goal percentage averaging 42.8 percent. She is sixth in the SoCon standings making 82.3 percent of her free throws and has 1.8 steals per game. Makensey Campbell leads the team with 33 3-pointers and Shauna Terry has a team-high 37 blocked shots. Rena Wakama is second on the team in scoring with 7.2 points per game with Campbell and Janae' McKinney each have 5.3 ppg. Alex Abraham has a team-high 4.3 rebounds per game followed by McKinney's 4.0.

CHATTANOOGA vs. WESTERN CAROLINA
Chattanooga and Western Carolina have met 71 times with UTC claiming 60 of those contests and 17 of the last 20. Western Carolina's last win over the Lady Mocs was a 51-49 overtime game in Cullowhee. On the road UTC is 26-6 against the Catamounts.

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