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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. --- The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women's basketball team wrapped up the top seed in the 2013 Southern Conference Tournament with home-court victory win over Davidson on February 25. Five days later, the Lady Mocs pushed its win streak to 16 games with a dominating road win over Appalachian State in the season finale in Boone, N.C.
The Lady Mocs opened the 2012-13 season with an 80-71 victory over then 20th-ranked Tennessee to run its home-court win streak to 14 games. Chattanooga would go on to win 25 of its next 28 games including a 19-1 Southern Conference record and a 16-game win streak to close out the season. The Lady Mocs remained undefeated at home and scored a school-record 26-game home court win streak that is currently the second longest active streak in the nation behind Baylor's 55 straight wins.
Chattanooga has been the No. 1 seed 12 other times in the league tournament and 11 times in the Wes Moore Era and has claimed 13 Southern Conference Tournament titles since 1984.
Wes Moore was selected the league's Coach of the Year for the sixth time by the SoCon Coaches as well as the league media. Senior Kayla Christopher (Oliver Springs, Tenn.), a member of the 2010 all-freshman team, picked up her third all-conference nod and was selected to the SoCon Media first team along with junior Ashlen Dewart (Spartanburg, S.C.). Dewart earn her second all-conference pick and her first since transferring to Chattanooga. She was selected to the league's all-freshman team as a rookie with Appalachian State and followed that up with an all-conference selection in her second season with the Mountaineers.
Junior Taylor Hall joined Dewart and Christopher on the coaches list with her second all-conference selection. Newcomer Tatianna Jackson (Atlanta, Ga.) was named to the SoCon all-freshman team after a standout season off the bench.
Dewart led the Southern Conference this season in field goal percentage making 53.7 percent of her attempts and finished fourth on the scoring list at the end of the regular season with 15.8 points per game. She was ranked ninth in rebounding with 7.0 per game and fourth for offensive boards with 2.9 per game.
Christopher leads the conference in 3-point field goal percentage making 40.6 percent of her attempts and has a SoCon-best 2.0 assist-turnover ratio. She is third in the league for 3-pointers made with 58 on the year and 2.0 per game. With 11.6 points per game, she is 17th in the league for scoring and is seventh for field goal percentage making 44.8 percent of her shots while dishing out 3.1 assists per game.
Hall is third on the team in scoring with 8.6 points per game and second for rebounds with 5.9 per game. She led the Lady Mocs to a season-opening win over Tennessee with 24 points, nine rebounds, five assists as well as four steals and three blocked shots.
Jackson made her first collegiate start in Chattanooga's win over UNCG at home in place of senior Kylie Lambert (Etowah, Tenn.) who has dealt with stress reactions in her shins late in the season. Jackson, with 5.8 points per game, led Chattanooga to a win over Elon a home with a season-best 14 points. At Samford, she pulled down a season-high nine rebounds and 54 of her 104 rebounds are off the offensive glass.
The Lady Mocs lead the league in scoring margin at 15 points per game and holds opponents to a league-low 53.6 points per game. UTC has SoCon-best 4.6 rebounding margin and holds opponents to a league-low 35.9 rebounds per game. Chattanooga has committed 13.9 turnovers compared to 18.2 by its opponents for a league-best 4.31 turnover margin. The Lady Mocs' assist-turnover ratio also leads the conference at 1.1 (15.0-13.9).
Chattanooga averages 68.6 points per game and 6.2 3-pointers an outing, both second-best in the SoCon. From the field, UTC is second making 42.4 percent of its attempts and third in 3-point field goal percentage at 31.1. From the free throw line, the Lady Mocs have struggled this season making just 63.6 percent of their attempts.
The Lady Mocs will hit the court Saturday at Noon at the Kimmel Arena on the UNC Asheville campus. Chattanooga's opponent was decided Friday with No. 8 Georgia Southern defeating No. 9 Western Carolina by a 68-51 margin.
Chattanooga defeated the Eagles 75-43 at home on January 12 and then 67-50 on the road at Hanner Fieldhouse. Georgia Southern finished the SoCon season with a 6-14 overall record and are 8-22 on the year.
General Admission all-sessions tickets are available for $85 each. Single session tickets are available beginning at $16 and $20 on Sunday and Monday. Student and group tickets are available as well as VIP tickets for all sessions ($175) or single sessions ($40/$45).