CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. --- The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga 2012-13 women's basketball schedule features 13 home contests, three SEC foes, including the opener against the University of Tennessee, and a Thanksgiving tournament in California. The schedule is pending approval by the faculty athletic committee.
After the annual exhibition game against Lee University on November 1, the Lady Mocs will tip off the season at home hosting perennial powerhouse Tennessee. It will be the Lady Vols first game in 38 years without legendary coach Pat Summitt at the helm. The Hall of Famer was diagnosed with early onset dementia - Alzheimer's type prior to the 2011-12 season and announced her decision to step down following UTK's run through the NCAA Tourament last year.
In December the Lady Mocs will travel into the "Heart of Dixie" twice to face off against Alabama and Auburn. The Lady Mocs are 6-32 against the three SEC foes. Tennessee has won all 18 meetings since both teams became varsity sports. UTC has won two of the last three games against the Tide including the last meeting in December 2007 at the Roundhouse. The Lady Mocs defeated Auburn 72-59 at the Roundhouse in December 2005.
Following the opener, the Lady Mocs will hit the road to face Belmont on Wednesday, November 14 in Nashville. That will be followed with a home contest against former SoCon rival East Tennessee State on November 17 at the Roundhouse. UTC has a 47-21 advantage against the Lady Bucs and have won each of the last two contests.
This Thanksgiving will again see UTC on the road, this time at the St. Mary's College Tournament in Moraga, Calif. The Lady Mocs will face off against Butler in the opener on Friday, November 23 and close out the tournament against Portland State.
Chattanooga and Butler have met just once before. UTC lost the meeting by a 79-73 margin at the Sonesta-Coconut Grove Classic in Coconut Grove, Fla. That loss was the last Chattanooga would see until Vanderbilt stopped a 27-game win streak, the longest in school history, in the second round of the 2004 NCAA Tournament.
The Lady Mocs and Portland State have met just once before as well and also in a tournament setting. UTC defeated the Vikings 81-61 in the opening round of the Ala Moana Classic in Honolulu, Hawaii in December 2006. The Lady Mocs went on to defeat the host Wahines for the title.
After returning home, UTC will open the Southern Conference portion of the schedule hosting Furman on November 29 followed by Wofford on December 1. After the trip to Alabama, the Lady Mocs will host OVC foe Jacksonville State then close out the pre-holiday schedule at Auburn.
On January 2, the Lady Mocs will finish the non-conference portion of the schedule at UAB. League play gets into full swing on Saturday, January 5 at UNCG with a contest at Elon on January 7. UTC will host Georgia Southern and College of Charleston the following weekend before a three-game road swing that includes Davidson, Western Carolina and SoCon Tournament Champion Samford.
The Lady Mocs will host SoCon regular season champ Appalachian State on Saturday, January 26 and then open the second half of the league schedule with a trip to Furman and Wofford at the start of February.
Elon and UNCG make the trip to Chattanooga beginning with the Phoenix on February 9. The Spartans matchup follows on the 11th. The Lady Mocs head to Charleston on February 16 to take on the College of Charleston at TD Arena before moving on to Statesoboro, Ga., to face the Georgia Southern Eagles.
Samford opens a three-game home stand for the Lady Mocs on February 20 with Western Carolina (Feb. 23) and Davidson (Feb. 25) closing out play in the Scenic City. Chattanooga will make the trip up the mountain on March 2 to close out the regular season at Appalachian State.