Lady Mocs Host Tennessee at Home in Season Opener

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. --- The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women's basketball team will host the Tennessee Lady Vols Friday, November 9 at the McKenzie Arena to open play on the 2012-13 season. The game will mark the regular season debut of Holly Warlick as the Lady Vols' head coach. She takes over after Hall of Famer Pat Summitt stepped down following the 2011-12 season.

The two teams have met 18 times with UTK claiming every win. The last time the Lady Vols made an appearance in the Roundhouse was November 2008. Chattanooga grabbed a 61-53 lead with 6:11 to play on a 3-pointer from Megan Rollins. Tennessee went on an 10-2 run to tie the game 63-63 with 1:21 to play and made 3-of-6 free throws for the win.

UTC's Faith Dupree scored a game-high 14 points to lead the Lady Mocs to a 61-42 win over Lee University in the preseason tune-up. After leading by a slim 26-24 margin at the half, Chattanooga went on a 14-2 run in the latter stanza getting six points from Dupree to stretch Chattanooga's lead out to 40-26 with 14:05 left to play. Lee framed a 3-pointer by Kylie Lambert with a combined four free throws to make it 43-30, but a 10-0 run by the Lady Mocs with the youngest lineup on the court put Chattanooga up 53-30, its largest lead of the game, with 9:01 to play. Lee's outside game kicked in with a trio of 3-pointers and a pair of free throws to outscore Chattanooga 11-2 over the next 2:45 to cut the lead to 55-41, but the Lady Mocs got back-to-back 3-pointers from Kayla Christopher and Chattanooga's advantage climbed back up to 20 points with 3:09 to play. The Lady Mocs scored 25 points off 27 Lee turnovers and had 18 steals on the night with 16 assists. After shooting just 29 percent in the first half, Chattanooga went 13-of-28 (46.4%) in the second half and was 6-of-8 from beyond the arc. Christopher recorded four rebounds and dished out a game-high four assists. She, along with Ka'Vonne Towns and Meghan Downes each contributed a pair of 3-pointers, scoring eight points in the win. Dupree was 7-of-12 from the field, grabbed four rebounds, two assists and a steal. Lambert added seven points for Chattanooga, pulled down four rebounds and had three steals. Taylor Hall contributed five points, five rebounds, five steals and four assists while Ashlen Dewart scored six points and had a team-high six rebounds. Chattanooga outrebounded Lee 39-33 and scored 15 second chance points off 13 offensive boards and had 20 points in the paint compared to the Lady Flames' eight while UTC's bench contributed 26 points.

The Lady Mocs were selected to finish third by both the conference coaches and the SoCon Media Preseason polls. Davidson received five first place votes from the league coaches for 94 points while the Mountaineers garnered four first place votes and 91 points. Chattanooga snapped up the remaining two votes and had 86 points for third. Samford was selected fourth while Elon and Furman tied for fifth with 61 points each.

1. Davidson (5) 94
2. Appalachian State (4) 91
3. Chattanooga (2) 86
4. Samford 72
5. Elon 61
5. Furman 61
7. Western Carolina 43
8. Wofford 33
9. Georgia Southern 26
10. Coll. of Charleston 21
11. UNCG 17

1. Appalachian St. (12) 226
2. Davidson (8) 216
3. Chattanooga (2) 210
4. Samford 178
5. Elon 146
6. Furman 128
7. Western Carolina 108
8. Coll. of Charleston 78
9. Georgia Southern 62
10. Wofford 58
11. UNCG 42

Senior Kayla Christopher and junior Taylor Hall were selected to the SoCon Coaches All-Conference team. Christopher and Hall were both named all-conference last season by the league coaches and accounted for nearly 30 percent of the Lady Mocs offense and 32 percent of the rebounding. They are two of three returning starters, joined by senior Kylie Lambert. Christopher is a two-time all-conference performer and Hall earned her first nod last season. Hall was selected to the league's all-tournament team last year while Lambert was named to the same team in 2011.

2012-13 SoCon Preseason All-Conference
Anna Freeman, Appalachian State
Courtney Freeman, Appalachian State
Maryah Sydnor, Appalachian State
Kayla Christopher, Chattanooga
Taylor Hall, Chattanooga
Sophia Aleksandravicius, Davidson
Laura Murray, Davidson
Kelsey Evans, Elon
Ali Ford, Elon
Brittany Hodges, Furman

SoCon Preseason Player of the Year
Sophia Aleksandravicius, Davidson

The Lady Mocs played their first game in the UTC Arena on Dec. 3, 1983 and posted a 74-66 win over Tennessee Tech. Over the next 15 years, the Lady Mocs continued to call Maclellan Gym home and played just a handful of games in the Roundhouse. However, with the arrival of Wes Moore in 1998, the women made the move to the arena playing half of the 1998-99 schedule in the larger building. By Moore's second season, all but two of Chattanooga's home games have been played at the McKenzie Arena. Those two games were both played in the 2004-05 year. UTC has now topped the 200 mark for games played in the Roundhouse since that first year and have a 179-43 record spanning three coaches and 28 years. UTC went 13-0 at home last year.

The Lady Mocs went undefeated at the Roundhouse last year posting a 13-0 record.According to, the Lady Mocs have posted a 115-22 (.8394) record in the McKenzie Arena since the 2001-02 season, Moore's fourth year, through last season. That ranks ninth among all Division I women's teams with Tennessee holding the top mark with a 341-20 mark (.9446).

2012-13 marks the 39th season of varsity women's basketball at Chattanooga. Through 38 years UTC's record is 707-404. In 1974, Grace Keith was named the head coach of the Mocettes. Over two years, she posted a record of 21-23. Sharon Cable Fanning, a former player, followed and changed the nickname to Lady Mocs. In 11 years she led UTC to four SoCon titles and the 1984 NWIT finals. Craig Parrot led Chattanooga for 11 season and took the Lady Mocs to their first NCAA tournament. During his tenure UTC won one SoCon title, two tournament crowns and went to the NCAA two times. Wes Moore returns for his 15th season. He led UTC to 11 consecutive crowns, 12 20-win seasons in 13 years, including 11 straight, and 12 postseason appearances including eight trips to the NCAA tournament.

For the 12th straight year, Larry Ward, "The Voice of the Lady Mocs" will broadcast each and every Chattanooga women's basketball game. This season, the Mocs Sports Network will air most games on the UTC flagship station ESPN Radio 105.1 The Zone. When the men's and women's times conflict, they will broadcast on WPLZ 95.3 FM. Stick around after the women's games and listen to Ward and Head Coach Wes Moore discuss the stats and plays. The postgame show is broadcast live over the public address system at the McKenzie Arena except on doubleheaders.

Get a look at Chattanooga women's basketball with insights from Lady Mocs Head Coach Wes Moore. The show airs weekly alternating between the Mocs and Lady Mocs. The show will air at 11:05 Wednesday nights on Fox 61 and will re-air at midnight Friday on MyNetworkTVChattanoga (channel 8 on EPB and 226 on Comcast). Also available on EPB Fiber Optics Video On Demand Service.

2011-12 "Chat with the Mocs" Schedule
Throughout the season, head coaches Wes Moore and John Shulman will participate in a live, interactive radio show hosted by the Voice of the Mocs Jim Reynolds. The shows will be aired live at Jefferson's located on Georgia Avenue at Fountain Square.
(times subject to change)

December 4, 2012 7-8 PM
December 13, 2012 7-8 PM
December 18, 2012 7-8 PM
January 3, 2013 7-8 PM
January 8, 2013 7-8 PM
January 15, 2013 7-8 PM
January 22, 2013 7-8 PM
January 29, 2013 7-8 PM
February 5, 2013 7-8 PM
February 12, 2013 7-8 PM
February 19, 2013 7-8 PM
February 26, 2013 7-8 PM
March 5, 2013 7-8 PM
March 12, 2013 7-8 PM
March 19, 2013 7-8 PM


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