CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. --- The crowd gathered at Big River Grille Monday night erupted as the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women's basketball team discovered its fate in the NCAA Tournament. The Lady Mocs are a No. 11 seed and will head to College Station, Texas, to take on No. 6 seed Nebraska.
Tipoff is set for Saturday, March 23, at 6:30 p.m. (E.D.T.) at the Reed Arena on the campus of Texas A&M. The game will also broadcast live online on ESPN3.
Chattanooga received the Southern Conference automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament after claiming its SoCon-record 14th league tournament crown. The Lady Mocs posted a 19-1 SoCon mark and a school-record-tying 29-3 overall record. UTC is in the midst of a 19-game winning streak, the fourth longest in school history and tied for the seventh longest in the nation.
The Lady Mocs and Nebraska (23-8, 12-4 B1G) have only met once before. UTC defeated the Huskers 79-64 in Chattanooga on Nov. 21, 1979. Nebraska lost to Purdue in the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament on March 9, but are still ranked No. 24 in the latest Associated Press Top-25.
Chattanooga is 1-10 in its 10 NCAA appearances. The Lady Mocs defeated Rutgers 74-69 in 2004 at the McKenzie Arena. Current assistant coach Katie Galloway Burrows was a member of that team.
This is the Lady Mocs second-highest seed school history. They were a No. 10 in 2004 and have been a No. 12 seven times. UTC was also a No. 13 in 2002 and its last trip in 2010.
Only two of Chattanooga's current players have played in the NCAA Tournament. Senior Kylie Lambert and Kayla Christopher were on the 2010 team that faced off against Oklahoma State in Tempe, Ariz.
Head coach Wes Moore has taken Chattanooga to the Big Dance nine times. He is 358-112 in 15 years in the Scenic City and 558-168 in 24 years as a collegiate head coach. He is the only coach in NCAA history to take different schools to the NCAA Division I, II and III tournaments.
Be sure to check back to GoMocs.com for complete tournament notes and ticket information. Fans wanting tickets from UTC's allotment can call the UTC Ticket Office on Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. at (423) 266-MOCS (6627).