CHATTANOOGA at No. 4/3 TENNESSEE
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2013 - 7:00 p.m.
KNOXVILLE, TENN. - THOMPSON-BOLING ARENA
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LADY MOCS ON THE ROAD TO FACE NO. 4 TENNESSEE LADY VOLS THURSDAY
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. --- The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women’s basketball team will hit the road for the first time this season and face its largest test of the young season at No. 4 ranked University of Tennessee at Knoxville Lady Vols.
Last year, the Lady Mocs faced the giant and came away with a huge 80-71 home court victory, their first in 19 tries. Four Chattanooga players scored in double figures led by Taylor Hall (New Tazewell, Tenn.) with a career-high 24 points, nine rebounds, five assists, four steals and three blocked shots.
CHATTANOOGA (1-0, 0-0 SoCon)
Head Coach: Jim Foster (Temple, 1980)
The Lady Mocs opened the 2013-14 season with an 82-70 win over Alabama at the Roundhouse running their school-record home court win streak to 27 consecutive games. Taylor Hall matched her career-high with 24 points and dished out four assists in the win. She led six UTC players in double figures. Senior Faith Dupree (Knoxville, Tenn.) recorded her first career double-double with 10 points and a career-high 13 rebounds. Sophomore Alicia Payne (Memphis, Tenn.) hit double digits for the first time with a career-best 11 points in 16 minutes while senior Meghan Downes (Newnan, Ga.), junior Ka’Vonne Towns (Lilburn, Ga.) and sophomore Tatianna Jackson (Atlanta, Ga.) each dropped in 10 points apiece. The Lady Mocs shot 48.3% from the field, 46.2 percent from beyond the arc and were 18-of-22 (81.8%) from the free throw line. The win was 784 for newly minted head coach Jim Foster. He joins Craig Parrott (1987-1998) as the only other head coach in UTC women’s basketball history to win his first game with the program. The Lady Mocs dished out 13 assists against the Tide and had just nine turnovers.
NO. 4/3 TENNESSEE (2-0, 0-0 SEC)
Head Coach: Holly Warlick (Tennessee, 1981)
The Lady Vols opened the season with back-to-back road wins defeating Middle Tennessee 67-57 at the Murphy Center before venturing to North Carolina for an 81-65 win over the No. 12 Tar Heels on their home court. Ariel Massengale dropped in a career-high 20 points in the win over North Carolina and leads the team with 16.0 points per game. She has a team best 12 assists and seven steals. Isabella Harrison, sister of former UTC softball player Della Harrison, is second on the team in scoring with 13.5 points per game and has 6.5 rebounds an outing. Andraya Carter is the third leading scorer for UTK with 10.0 points per game while Cierra Burdick is averaging a team-high 10 rebounds per game. All-American Meighan Simmons averages nearly 14 points per game over her previous three years and has 17 points through two games this year. UTK is averaging 13 points more per game than its opponents and has a 3.5 rebounding margin. The Lady Vols have a +2.0 turnover advantage and a 0.7 assist-turnover ratio.
CHATTANOOGA vs. TENNESSEE
Thursday will be the 20th meeting between the two schools since the two first met in 1975. Last season was Chattanooga’s first-ever win over UTK.