CHATTANOOGA vs. LEE UNIVERSITY
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2013 - 7:00 p.m.
CHATTANOOGA, TENN. - McKENZIE ARENA
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A new era of basketball begins Monday night at Chattanooga.
The 2013-14 season marks the 40th year of women’s basketball at UTC and the first year for Hall of Fame head coach Jim Foster. Foster becomes just the fifth head coach in women’s basketball history at Chattanooga.
Grace Keith led the “Mocettes” for the first two years beginning in 1974 and was succeeded by a former player Sharon (Cable) Fanning-Otis who changed the name to Lady Mocs and led UTC to the first five Southern Conference regular season titles and a runner-up finish in the National Women’s Invitation Tournament in 1984. UTC was ranked as high as 19th in the AP Top 20 Poll that year.
In 1987, Fanning moved on to Kentucky and was succeeded by assistant coach Craig Parrott. He would lead UTC to two more league titles in his 11 seasons and the Lady Mocs’ first-ever trip to the NCAA in 1989. They would make the journey again in 1992.
In 1998, Wes Moore arrived on the scene. After his first season with a 10-17 record, he orchestrated the greatest turnaround in the NCAA the next season with his team posting a 26-5 record and the first of 11 straight Southern Conference regular season titles. Over his 15 years at Chattanooga, Moore’s teams claimed 12 league titles and nine SoCon Tournament crowns. His 2004 team thrilled the UTC faithful with a first round win over Rutgers in the NCAA tournament and then stunned the nation with an 80-71 win over Tennessee to start what would be his final season on the Lady Mocs’ bench.
After a nation-wide search, Jim Foster emerged as the overwhelming top choice for the vacant position. Through 35 years, he has recorded 783 wins with three schools and has made 26 trips to the NCAA since 1985. Foster has extensive international coaching experience and is currently the chair of the U19 National Team. After being announced as the Chattanoga head coach, he was inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame.
Chattanooga will host Lee University in an exhibition matchup Monday night at the Roundhouse before opening the season against SEC foe Alabama. This will mark the second straight home start against an SEC school. Last year, the Lady Mocs defeated No. 20 Tennessee to open the season. Chattanooga even its series against the Tide at 5-5 last year with a 72-58 win at Foster Auditorium in Tuscaloosa.
UTC will travel to Tennessee on November 14 for its first road contest this season then return home for three straight home contests including Belmont (11/17), UAB (11/21) and Auburn (11/24). Chattanooga’s next eight games will all be on the road beginning with a three-game tournament in Honolulu against Minnesota (11/29), Hawaii (11/30) and Colorado State (12/1).
Two of the Lady Mocs’ next five games will be against Southern Conference foes UNCG (12/14) and Elon (12/16) before returning to the safe confines of the Roundhouse to run through the rest of the SoCon schedule with one exception. Chattanooga will host Appalachian State Saturday, Feb. 8 at Maclellan Gym in a “Throw Back Game”. Dust off your old gear and relive the early days of Chattanooga Basketball.
The league tournament returns to Asheville, N.C., for third straight year March 7-10.
Chattanooga was selected by the SoCon Coaches and Media to defend their regular season crown. Seniors Ashlen Dewart and Taylor Hall were named all-conference by the coaches and Dewart was the pick for preseason Player of the Year.
The Lady Mocs also received a bit of national attention as well. They were ranked 16th by Lindy’s Magazine in the preseason poll and received 41 votes in the AP Top 25 preseason poll last week, good enough for 31st.
Reserved seating is being offered for the first time for all regular season games and will include parking. Call the McKenzie Arena box office at 423.266.6627 (MOCS) for more information and join the Mocs Club today!