|APPALACHIAN STATE • FEBRUARY 27, 2012 • 7 p.m.|
|CHATTANOOGA, TENNESSEE • McKENZIE ARENA|
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CHATTANOOGA (20-8, 15-4 SoCon)
HEAD COACH: Wes Moore (Tennessee, 1985)
CHATTANOOGA: 327-107/14th • CAREER: 527-163/23rd
APPALACHIAN STATE (23-4, 17-2)
HEAD COACH: Darcie Vincent (Dusquesne, 1992)
APPALACHIAN STATE: 80-45/4th • CAREER: 344-146/16th
Chattanooga's hopes for a 12th Southern Conference title in 13 years were dashed Saturday night despite its win over Davidson at the McKenzie Arena. Appalachian State clinched at least a share of its second straight league title with its win over Samford in Birmingham.
The Lady Mocs wrapped up the No. 3 seed for the upcoming Southern Conference Tournament with a win over Davidson and still have a chance for a tie for second place Monday night. That chance requires a UTC win against the Mountaineers and a Davidson loss at Samford.
Appalachian State leads the Southern Conference in scoring and has a league-high 10.1 scoring margin against its opponents. On the boards, the Mountaineers lead the conference in rebounds per game (43.1) and fewest opponent rebounds (35.6). ASU has a league-best 14 assists and 13.9 steals per game. App State doesn't shoot well from the 3-point line making a league-worst 2.9 per game and posting 28.3 percent 3-point field goal percentage, ninth in the SoCon standings.
The Lady Mocs are fourth in the SoCon in scoring with 62 points per game and allow 56.5 points (4th). Chattanooga is third in both rebounding offense (41.3) and rebounding defense (36.8). The Lady Mocs returned to the top of the league standings in free throw shooting averaging 73.1 percent on the year.
On the offensive boards, the Mountaineers rank first in the league with 17.5 per game while the Lady Mocs are first in defensive rebounding averaging 29 per game.
Anna Freeman leads the Southern Conference in scoring this season with 15.1 points per game with Courtney Freeman (sister of UTC freshman Kayla Freeman) is ninth in the SoCon on the scoring list with 11.9 points per game. Maryah Sydnor is third on the ASU scoring charts with 9.8 points per game.
Chattanooga has four players in the league's top 30 chart led by Whitney Hood with 12.7 ppg. Kayla Christopher is ranked 12th in the SoCon with 10.1 points per game while Kylie Lambert (8.7) is 25th and Taylor Hall (8.2) is 28th.
Hall is second in the league in rebounding with 8.7 boards per game with Lambert ninth (6.1) and Hood 12th with 5.6 per game. The Mountaineers is led on the boards by Kelsey Sharkey's 6.8 (6th) and Anna Freeman's 6.3 (8th). Courtney Freeman is ranked 14th in the league with 5.5 per game and Catherine Williams pulls down 4.9 per game, ranking 20th in the SoCon.
Hood is second in the SoCon with a .489 field goal percentage and Christopher is 10th making 42.5 percent of her shots. Sydnore leads the Mountaineers in field goal percentage making 41.7 percent of her attempts.
Anna Freeman and Chakeitha Weldon are tied for assists per game with 2.7 each while Chattanooga's Tenisha Townsend is ranked 10th with 2.5 per game followed by Christopher with 2.4. Anna Freeman leads the league in steals with 3.7 per game with Weldon (1.8), Sharkey (1.6) and Sydnor (1.5) all ranked among the league leaders. Anna Freeman is second in the SoCon for blocked shots with 2.1 per game.
CHATTANOOGA vs. APPALACHIAN STATE
Chattanooga leads the series with Appalachian State by a 48-24 margin, but the Mountaineers have won the last three meetings, including earlier this season in Boone. At home, the Lady Mocs are 23-8 all-time against Appalachian State and have won 13 of the last 14 in Chattanooga.