WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 2, 2013
BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA • BARTOW ARENA
1:00 PM EST • RADIO: 105.1 FM
Head Coach: Wes Moore (Tennessee, 1986)
UTC 337-111/15th year • Career: 537-167/24th year
2012-13 Overall: 8-2 • 2012-13 SoCon: 2-0
The Lady Mocs are 8-2 overall and 6-2 outside the Southern Conference including wins over then-20th ranked Tennessee and fellow SEC foe Alabama on the road. Chattanooga is 18-14 against UAB including a preseason WNIT win over the Blazers at home last season. The Lady Mocs have won each of the last six meetings, all during head coach Wes Moore's tenure.
The Lady Mocs are second in the Southern Conference in scoring, averaging 71.5 points per game while giving up just 56.6 to its opponents with a 14.9 scoring margin. Junior Ashlen Dewart (Spartanburg, S.C.) leads the team in scoring with 15.4 points per game and is third off the boards with 6.1 rebounds per game while leading the league in field goal percentage at 52.4 percent. Senior Kayla Christopher (Oliver Springs, Tenn.) has a team-best 23 3-pointers and is second on the team in scoring with 12.7 points per game and a team-high 26 assists.
UTC is shooting 41.1 percent from the field, second in the SoCon, and 30.2 percent from the 3-point line. Off the boards, the Lady Mocs are second in the SoCon with 41.2 rebounds per game and fourth in the league giving up 39.9 to its opponents. Junior Taylor Hall (New Tazewell, Tenn.) leads the Lady Mocs in rebounding with 6.6 per game and is third in scoring with 10.0 points per game. Senior Kylie Lambert is second on the team in rebounding with 6.4 per game.
SCOUTING THE BLAZERS
The Blazers are 9-3 overall and are 2-2 over their last four games. After falling to George Mason (55-58) and Morehead State (50-57), UAB rebounded with back-to-back wins over Martin (56-51) and UNCG (80-62). On their home court, the Blazers are 5-1 with its only loss to Morehead State. UAB has a 12.5 scoring advantage allowing its opponents just 52.5 points per game while averaging 65 per game. The Blazers hold a slight edge over opponents on the boards by 38.2-37.5 (0.8). Amber Jones is the team's leading scorer with 14.5 points per game and has 4.5 rebounds per game. She has 30 assists to 25 turnovers and has 31 steals. Karisma Chapman has started all 12 games and is averaging 13.8 points per game and has a team-high 6.5 rebounds per game along with 32 assists and 42 swipes. From the field, the Blazers are shooting 39.3 percent and 28.2 percent from the 3-point line, averaging 4.1 treys per game.
CHATTANOOGA vs. UAB
The two teams have met 32 times with UTC holding a slight 18-14 advantage including the season-opening Preseason WNIT contest last season.. At home, the Lady Mocs are 10-5 against the Blazers and have a current six-game win streak, all in the Wes Moore era.
Moore vs. UAB 6-0
Most combined points
166: AL, 78-88, 2/27/1991
Fewest combined points
113: NL, 52-61, 12/4/1993
Largest magin of victory
UTC: 26 • 84-58, 11/30/2005
UAB: 20 • 56-76, 12/20/1989
Smallest margin of victory
UTC: 1 • OT: 73-72, 2/8/1989
UAB: 1 • 75-76, 1/2/1982
Most points scored
UTC: 90 pts, 2/11/1982
UAB: 88 pts, 2/27/1991
Fewest points scored
UTC: 52 pts, 12/4/1993
UAB: 58 pts, 11/30/2005
HOT OFFENSIVE OUTPUT
When scoring 70 or more points, the Lady Mocs are 6-0. Included in that stat are four games where Chattanooga scored 80 or more points. UTC opened the season three straight 80+ point performances including an 80-71 win over No. 20 Tennessee, 84-54 at Belmont and an 81-48 defeat of former SoCon rival East Tennessee State at the Roundhouse.
OFF TO AN HISTORIC START
The Lady Mocs started this season with four straight wins, matching the 4-0 start in Moore's second season with UTC. That mark was just one win shy of the best start in school history at 5-0 under former head coach Sharon Fanning in 1977-78. With an 8-1 record, the Lady Mocs have matched the third best start in school history with one loss - an 8-1 start to the 1999-2000 season (Moore's second). Chattanooga's best start with one loss is a 13-1 mark set in 1983-84, the year the Lady Mocs fell to Vanderbilt in the NWIT finals. UTC is now 8-2, fourth best start in school history with two losses.
LADY MOCS RECEIVE VOTES IN AP TOP 25
After winning the season opener against No. 20 Tennessee, the Lady Mocs received 10 votes in the AP Top 25 Poll and followed that up the next week with 12.
LADY MOCS SECOND IN MID-MAJOR POLL
The Lady Mocs received one first place vote in the lastest Mid-Major Coaches Poll and with 695 votes, is ranked second behind Gonzaga (29). Delaware is third behind the Lady Mocs by three points. Green Bay received one first place vote and is fourth with 678 points and Toledo remained in fifth for a second week with 652 points. Creighton passed Middle Tennessee for sixth and SoCon foe Appalachian State is 16th.
WEEKLY HONORS PILE UP FOR DEWART
Junior Ashlen Dewart was selected the Player of the Week by the Southern Conference, College Sports Madness and NetScoutsBasketball.com for the week of Dec. 10. Dewart led five Lady Mocs in double figures with 19 points and eight rebounds in Chattanooga's win over Alabama. This is her first Player of the Week nod at Chattanooga and her fourth overall.
LADY MOCS' DOUBLE-DOUBLE PERFORMANCES
Kayla Christopher 10p 10r vs. Alabama 12/8
Ashlen Dewart 29p 12r vs. Wofford 11/29
Kylie Lambert 18p 10r vs. Portland St. 11/23
DEWART TOPS THE 20-PT MARK FOR FOURTH TIME
Since moving into the starting lineup on Nov. 23, junior Ashlen Dewart has scored 20 or more points four times in her six starts. She posted 23 points against Portland State at the Saint Mary's Thanksgiving Classic then posted a double-double with 29 points and 12 rebounds against Wofford in the Southern Conference opener. She topped the 20-point mark for the third time in her career at UTC with 21 and seven rebounds in Chattanooga's rout of Furman at home. Her fourth 20-point performance was 22 points in Chattanooga's eighth win of the season, defeating Jacksonville State.
CHRISTOPHER NAMED SOCON STUDENT-ATHLETE
Senior Kayla Christopher was named the Southern Conference Student-Athlete of the week for her performance in the classroom and on the court for the week of Nov. 28. Christopher topped 1,000 points and moved to fourth all-time at UTC for 3-pointers made while maintaining a 3.56 GPA in Health and Exercise Science. She scored a season-high 27 points and drained seven 3-pointers at Saint Mary's - one shy of the school record.
CHRISTOPHER NOW 25TH MEMBER OF 1000-PT CLUB
Senior Kayla Christopher scored eight points in UTC's win over Portland State to reach her 1,000th career point. She is the 25th member of the Lady Mocs' 1,000-Point Club. She has 127 points this season for 1,086 and is 21st on the all-time chart. Through 105 games with UTC, she has made 369 field goals, of with 189 are 3-ptrs.
CHRISTOPHER CLIMBING THE CHARTS
Senior Kayla Christopher continues her climb through the Lady Mocs all-time Top 10 3-pointers made chart. She made two 3-pointers in UTC's win over Portland State to move past Miranda Warfield for fourth on the all-time list at UTC with 171. She drained a career-high seven against Saint Mary's for 178 and now has 189. She has moved into the Southern Conference's Top 10 joining former Lady Mocs Brooke Hand (316), Katasha Brown (216) and Jenaya Wade-Fray (214) and is ranked sixth in the history of the Southern Conference.
LAMBERT HITS POINT MILESTONE
Senior Kylie Lambert recorded her 700th career point against Jacksonville State in Chattanooga's win over the Gamecocks at the Roundhouse.
DEWART SHINES IN FIRST START AT UTC
Junior Ashlen Dewart made 57 starts in her two seasons at Appalachian State. With the loss of classmate Faith Dupree to injury, Dewart was called upon to make her first start as a Lady Moc and took advantage. She put up large numbers against Portland State at the Saint Mary's Thanksgiving Classic with a season-high 23 points and eight rebounds.
DOWNES TALLIES CAREER NIGHT AGAINST ETSU
Junior Meghan Downes has proved over the last two years that she likes to shoot againt East Tennessee State. After hitting an at-the-time-career-high 18 against the Lady Bucs in Johnson City, Downes put up a new chart-topping 24 points against ETSU at the Roundhouse this season. She also posted career-highs for blocked shots (2), field goals (8) and free throws (4).
HALL NAMED SOCON PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Taylor Hall was selected the Southern Conference Player of the Week for the week of Nov. 12 after leading the Lady Mocs to an 80-71 win over No. 20 Tennessee in the season opener. She tied her career-high with 24 points and hit career-bests in assists, steals and blocked shots. She pulled down nine rebounds and ranks among the league's Top Five in 10 categories with top rankings in scoring (24). assist-turnover ratio (999.0) and blocked shots (3.0).
HALL GETS TWO PLAYER OF THE WEEK NODS
Junior Taylor Hall tied her career-high in scoring with 24 points to lead the Lady Mocs to an 80-71 win over No. 20 Tennessee in the season opener at the Roundhouse. She had nine rebounds and posted career-highs in assists (5) and steals (4) while tying her career-best in blocked shots with three while committing no turnovers. Hall was 9-of-12 from the field and 3-of-5 from beyond the arc while making 3-of-5 from the free throw line.
HALL HAS CAREER NIGHT AGAINST UTK
Junior Taylor Hall (New Tazewell, Tenn.) tied her career-high with 24 points in the Lady Mocs' win over Tennessee. She was 9-of-12 from the field and 3-of-5 from the 3-point line. She just missed a double-double with nine rebounds. She had career-highs for assists (5), steals (4), minutes (31), field goals made (9) and tied her career-best for blocked shots with three.
ALL-VOLUNTEER STATE LINEUP
With the addition of Alex Black (Memphis) and Faith Dupree (Knoxville) to the Lady Mocs starting lineup, that makes an all-Tennessee starting five. The duo join Kayla Christopher (Oliver Springs), Kylie Lambert (Etowah) and Taylor Hall (New Tazewell). Alicia Payne (Memphis) is the only other Tennessee resident on the roster. However, that lineup was broken up with the injury to Dupree. Ashlen Dewart (Spartanburg, S.C.) has taken her spot at the No. 5 position.
DUPREE MAKES FIRST START AGAINST UTK
Junior Faith Dupree grew up in the shadow of the Lady Vols and signed to play for Summitt out of high school. After a year-and-a-half, she transferred down the road and has faced her former team twice. Last season in Knoxville, she led the Lady Mocs with 17 points off the bench and this season made her first collegiate start, matching up against the Lady Vols. She played 24 minutes scoring six points and grabbing three rebounds.
A SEASON ON THE ROAD
The Lady Mocs will play 16 games on the road this season including 10 Southern Conference contests, a Thanksgiving tournament at St. Mary's in San Francisco, Calif., and four non-conference games. UTC's first road game was a 30-point win at Belmont. The Lady Mocs started December with a win at Alabama and will hit the road next week to Auburn before heading back to Alabama to face UAB just after the New Year.
HOT FROM BEYOND THE ARC
UTC has made at least one 3-point shot in 411 consecutive games dating back to December 31, 1999 against Appalachian State in Wes Moore's second season. Chattanooga broke its own Southern Conference and school single-game 3-point record with 16 treys in a televised game against Georgia Southern on Dec. 4, 2010. Samford tied the record last season with 16 against Jacksonville State on Nov. 30. The previous record of 15 was reached twice by the Lady Mocs and once by Samford. The most UTC has made in a season was 257, accomplished twice with the latest in 2009-10.