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The Lady Mocs game vs. Nebraska is slated to tip at 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time on ESPN2 with local coverage throughout. The game will be streamed in its entirety at ESPN3.com.
LADY MOCS HEAD TO COLLEGE STATION TO TAKE ON THE HUSKERS
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. --- The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Lady Mocs depart Lovell Field Thursday afternoon for College Station to take on the Nebraska Cornhuskers in the first round of the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament Saturday at approximately 6:30 p.m.
This is Chattanooga’s 11th trip to the NCAA and ninth under head coach Wes Moore’s watch. The Lady Mocs are 1-10 all-time in the Big Dance and last made the tournament in 2010, falling in the first round to Oklahoma State after leading by 18 at the half. Chattanooga’s lone win was a first round win at the McKenzie Arena against Rutgers.
Wes Moore earned his sixth SoCon Coach of the Year tag this season after guiding the Lady Mocs to a 29-3 overall, tying the best record in school history, and posted an impressive 19-1 Southern Conference mark. UTC is on a current 19-game win streak, fourth best in school history and tied for seventh best active streak in the nation. Chattanooga returned to the top of the Southern Conference recording its 18th league title and secured a SoCon-record 14th tournament title with a nail-biting victory over Davidson in the finals.
Junior Ashlen Dewart (Spartanburg, S.C.) was named the tournament MVP after securing a spot on the league’s all-conference team in her first season with Chattanooga. She was joined on the all-tournament squad by juniors Taylor Hall (New Tazewell, Tenn.) and Alex Black (Memphis, Tenn.). Hall, along with senior Kayla Christopher (Oliver Springs, Tenn.) were also named to the SoCon Coaches’ all-conference squad and rookie Tatianna Jackson (Atlanta, Ga.) earned a spot on the conference’s all-freshman team.
The Huskers are 23-8 on the year and 12-4 in the Big Ten and ranked 24th in the latest AP Top 25 poll. The game between the two is set to follow the first round game between 3-seed Texas A&M and #14 Wichita State at approximately 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time.
Nebraska will be making its 11th appearance in the NCAA Tournament with a 5-10 overall mark. The Huskers have won 11 of their last 13 games with losses to Big Ten Tournament Champion Purdue and regular season champ Penn State.
Forward Jordan Hooper leads the team with 18 points and 8.7 rebounds per game and guard Lindsey Moore is second on the team in scoring with 15.1 points per game. Sophomore forward Emily Cady chips in 9.2 points per game and is second on the team in rebounding with 8.0 an outing.
The first round game will be televised on ESPN2 as well as streamed live on ESPN3 with Carter Blackburn and Maria Taylor. Larry Ward, the “Voice of the Lady Mocs’ will have the call on the Mocs Sports Network on ESPN 105.1 “The Zone” as well as free internet radio access at MocsVision at GoMocs.com.