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Dupree nearing return as Lady Mocs start key road trip

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CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) -- Wes Moore grinned a bit Wednesday when asked if Faith Dupree would play Friday night at Davidson.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga head coach was not yet ready to announce when his junior post player will return from an injury.

"We're hopeful to get her back pretty soon," Moore said. "We'll see how she does in practice, but it's going to take time.

"I don't see here going more than two or three minutes at a time really hard, so we'll have to ease her back into the flow."

Dupree has been out since the third game of the season when she suffered a knee injury against East Tennessee State. She was cleared for practice last week, but then battled the flu in her first few days back on the floor.

Fellow junior Ashlen Dewart has held her own in the post during Dupree's absence, currently sitting second in the Southern Conference in scoring at 16.7 points per game.

But only twice this season have the Lady Mocs been able to see what a healthy Dupree-Dewart combo can accomplish, with one of those two outings being the remarkable season-opening upset of No. 9 Tennessee.

With that in mind, Moore believes Chattanooga's best basketball is yet to come.

"We just don't really have a lot of size other than those two. Just having a presence on the block offensively, and then defensively, too, to match up with the other team's big," Moore said. "It will be a big addition getting her back, but I also realize the stamina factor will come into play.

"It's going to take her awhile to get all the way back."

Davidson (8-7, 5-0 in SoCon) stands as the lone unbeaten left in Southern Conference play, and will kick off a stretch of three road games in six days for UTC (12-3, 5-1). At the back end of the trip is a visit to Samford, who is one of three teams tied with Chattanooga with only one conference loss.

"We're excited about the opportunity," Moore said. "This is a big stretch coming up, and we start with a good one."

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