GREENSBORO, N.C. (GoMocs.com)--- The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga returns to the road after a brief stop at the Roundhouse. The Mocs will take on UNCG Monday night at Fleming Gymnasium in a 7 p.m. tilt.
The Mocs are 15-3 on the year and have won their last 11 games, including three straight Southern Conference matchups. On Saturday, UTC scored a season-best 83 points in a 31-point win over Western Carolina for its third league win. All 10 available players scored in the game and five hit double figures. The Mocs lead the nation in fewest personal fouls per game, 11th for fewest points allowed per game and 11th for most blocked shots per game. Chattanooga ranks 23rd in the NCAA for won-lost percentage (83.3%) and 52nd for fewest turnovers per game.
Sophomore Jasmine Joyner leads the SoCon in blocked shots and is ranked second in the NCAA with 4.28 per game. Junior Alicia Payne is 33rd in the country with an assist-turnover ratio of 2.26, best in the conference. Freshman Keiana Gilbert leads the team in scoring with 11.4 points per game, shooting 53.6 percent. Sophomore Chelsey Shumpert has a team-high 40 3-pointers and is second in scoring with 11.0 points per game. Joyner leads the team with 8.6 rebounds per game and is third in scoring with 10.6 ppg.
The Spartans are 5-13 overall and are on a six-game losing skid. UNCG scores 65.2 points per game but give up 71.7 per outing and are shooting 36.3 percent from the field. The Spartans are shooting 28.9 percent from beyond the arc and 67.1 percent from the free throw line. In back-to-back home matchups last weekend to open SoCon play, the Spartans fell to Samford (62-56) and Mercer (74-73) while dropping a road game at ETSU (87-65) Saturday. UNCG leads the SoCon in steals with 11.5 per game but are seventh in assist-turnover ratio with 12.0 assists per game to 19.3 turnovers per game.
Lucy Mason leads the Spartans in scoring with 14.2 points and has 4.1 rebounds per game while dishing out 63 assists. Jarae Savage leads UNCG in rebounding with 6.7 per game and is second on the team in scoring with 12.4 points per game.
CHATTANOOGA vs. UNCG
The Mocs are 34-6 against the Spartans and have won 32 of the last 33 games. After losing the first four meetings against the Spartans, the Mocs went 34-2 since 2000. Chattanooga is 14-3 at home against UNCG and 15-2 on the road. The two have only gone into overtime once and the Spartans won that matchup.