CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. --- For the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women's basketball team, the holiday break came to an end Friday afternoon at the Chattem Basketball Practice Facility as it prepares to close out the non-conference schedule and resume Southern Conference play.
After an eight-day break, the Lady Mocs returned to campus with a No. 2 ranking in the CollegeInsider.com Women's Basketball Mid-Major Top 25. Chattanooga received three first place votes, accumulating 710 points moving up from third the previous week.
Gonzaga remained atop the poll receiving 26 of the 31 first place votes with 767 points. Delaware (704), with two first place votes, dropped to third followed by Green Bay (644) in fourth and Toledo (635) in fifth. Southern Conference rival Appalachian State remained in the top 25 with 318 points good for 16th.
The Lady Mocs will play three road games over six days beginning Wednesday, January 2 at UAB in Bartow Arena. The game will tip off at 1 p.m. Eastern time to close out the non-conference schedule. Southern Conference play continues with a trip to North Carolina to take on UNCG Saturday afternoon and Elon Monday night.
OFF TO A HOT START
The Lady Mocs started the season with four straight wins, matching their start in the 1999-2000 season, Moore's second year, and one win shy of the best start in school history, a 5-0 mark in the 1977-78 season under former head coach Sharon Fanning. With just one loss, the 8-1 start tied for third best while the 8-2 mark is eighth best record over the first 10 games.
LADY MOCS AGAINST THE SEC
After posting wins over Tennessee and Alabama, the Lady Mocs SEC win streak came to an end with a loss at Auburn on December 19, heading into the holiday break.
HOT FROM BEYOND THE ARC
UTC has made at least one 3-point shot in 410 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.
HOME COURT WIN STREAK CLIMBS
The Lady Mocs posted a perfect 13-0 record at the Roundhouse last season. UTC has won all five games this season at McKenzie and has run its home-court win streak to 18 games.
KEEPING THE FAITH
Junior Faith Dupree (Knoxville, Tenn.) continued her rehab at home over the break and making progress toward a possible return to the court this season.
KYLIE BY THE NUMBERS
Senior Kylie Lambert observed prior to practice Friday that on January 2nd, there would be just two months remaining in her final regular season at and 127 days until graduation in May.