SPARTANBURG, S.C. (GoMocs.com) --- The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women's basketball team will travel to Greenville, S.C., to take on Furman at Timmons Arena Monday night.
The Mocs are 13-3 on the year and opened Southern Conference play Saturday afternoon with a 70-43 win at Wofford. The Mocs have won nine straight games and this will be their fifth straight road contest.
Chattanooga leads the league in scoring defense (53.3) and scoring margin (+7.4) as well as blocked shots (6.1) and assist-turnover ratio (0.9). UTC is sixth in the SoCon for scoring, averaging just 60.8 points per game and second for rebounding defense, allowing opponents 35.6 per game. The Mocs are second in the SoCon for assists (13.7), steals (9.0) and 3-point field goals per game (6.6).
Chattanooga leads the NCAA in fewest personal fouls per game with 11.6 and sophomore Jasmine Joyner is ranked second in the nation for blocked shots with 4.1 per game. Freshman Keiana Gilbert is 27th in the NCAA for field goal percentage making 55.2 percent of her shots while junior Alicia Payne is 35th with a 2.3 assist-turnover ratio.
Gilbert leads the Mocs in scoring with 11.6 points per game and second for rebounding with 5.5 per game. Joyner leads the team in rebounding with 8.6 boards per game and is second in scoring 10.6 points per game. Sophomore Chelsey Shumpert leads the team with 35 3-pointers and is third on the team in scoring with 10.5 points per game.
The Paladins are 11-6 overall after falling 73-72 to East Tennessee State in the league opener for both teams. Furman made up a 17-point deficit to take a 1-point lead with less than a minute to play, but a pair of free throws by ETSU gave the Bucs their first SoCon win since 2005.
Furman has won just two of its last five games with losses at Georgia and Elon while getting wins at South Carolina State and against USC Upstate. The Paladins are second in the SoCon in scoring with 71.4 points per game but give up 65.9 to its opponents. From the field, Furman is second in the league making 43.3 percent of its shots while leading the conference in 3-point field goal shooting at 38 percent. Furman is first in 3-pointers made with 7.1 per game. On the boards, the Paladins are first in the SoCon with 43.6 boards per game.
Whitney Bunn leads the team with 13.5 points per game and a league-best 123 assists. Brittany Hodges is a slim second on the team in scoring with 13.4 points and first in rebounding with 9.4 boards per game. Holli Wilkins, daughter of former UTC great Gerald Wilkins, is the third Furman player in double figures with 12.4 points per game while pulling down 4.7 rebounds. Sarah Durdaller is second on the team in rebounding with 8.9 boards per game and is fourth on the team in scoring with 9.6 points per game.
CHATTANOOGA vs. FURMAN
The Mocs and Furman have met 67 times with UTC holding a 46-21 advantage dating back to the Paladins entrance into the Southern Conference in 1985. In Greenville, the Mocs are 20-11 against Furman. Chattanooga's 21-game win streak against Furman was snapped in 2012 at Timmons Arena and the Mocs have won the last five meetings.