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Past Meets Present: Lady Mocs' Burrows provides NCAA motivation

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CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) -- There is great debate over how often Katie Burrows has watched one of the greatest moments in University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women's basketball history.

"It's been a long time since I've watched it actually," the Lady Mocs' assistant coach said Wednesday before the team left for College Station, Texas, where it will play in the NCAA Tournament. "I don't have to watch it to remember it. It's pretty engrained in my mind."

Junior post Ashlen Dewart is calling Burrows' bluff.

"We've watched it at least three times," Dewart said. "You can see it on her face when she watches the video. I've seen her tear up to it.

"It's a feeling I know I want."

In 2004, Burrows (then Katie Galloway) was a spunky senior guard on a Lady Mocs' team that was playing in its fourth straight NCAA Tournament.

UTC drew a No. 10 seed, still its highest seed in school history, and hosted No. 7 Rutgers at McKenzie Arena.

Every blue-and-gold clad fanatic knows what happened next.

Burrows banked in a desperation 3-pointer to beat the shot clock early in the second half to pull Chattanooga within 43-41. The sharpshooter made several more shots down the stretch as UTC sewed up a 74-69 upset that still stands as the program's lone NCAA win, but that moment stands out the most.

"I don't know where that came from,"Burrows said after the 2004 win. "I just heard Coach Moore yelling 'Shoot it! Shoot it!'"

Burrows can still hear Moore yelling these days -- she sits next to him on the Lady Mocs' bench.

The former Lookout Valley High School star is now in her third season as a UTC assistant, making Saturday's matchup with No. 6 Nebraska her first trip back to the NCAA Tournament since that 2004 run.

Moore is hoping Burrows' memorable moment will serve as motivation for her team.

"We've shown the team a couple times," he said. "I want them to be aware of the tradition here. I want them to be aware of what's possible.

"If you work hard every day to be the best you can be, this is what can happen."

This season seems to have all the makings to make it happen again, with the resumes of the 2004 team and this 2013 squad appearing eerily similar.

Both teams entered the big dance with 29 wins and a lengthy winning streak. In 2004, UTC led the nation by winning 27 consecutive games. This year, Chattanooga takes a 19-game streak into the postseason.

Both teams boasted a deep bench and relied heavily on experienced veterans.

All that's missing this year is a little March Madness. 

"It's definitely a goal of ours," Dewart said. "We want to be the upset team. We want to be the Cinderella."

Burrows may not admit to getting misty-eyed over her March moment, but she is certainly reminded of it often since returning to the Scenic City.

Now she hopes her players get to experience one, too.

"Very few days go by that somebody doesn't bring it up, but I appreciate that because there's nothing else that feels like that at that point in your life," Burrows said with a smile. "Obviously there have been several wonderful occasions in my life since then, as well, but there are very few things that compare to that feeling."

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