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Lady Mocs earn 7-seed, will stay in-state vs. 10. Pittsburgh in Knoxville

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CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -- The UTC Women earned a No. 7 seed, their highest seed in school history. They'll stay in-state and play No. 10 Pittsburgh Saturday in Knoxville at 11AM.

The other side of that bracket in Knoxville features 2nd seeded Tennessee and 15th seeded Boise State, Saturday at 1:30PM.

The winner of those two games will play on Monday in Knoxville, setting up a potential rematch between the Lady Mocs and Lady Vols.

Foster said, "I don't know, let me think about Pittsburgh, not gonna think about that game."

Meanwhile UTC Guard Alicia Payne and Lady Vols Guard Ariel Massengale admit they have thought about it, "I think it crossed our minds when we saw them up there, but we're gonna take it one game at a time, get past Pittsburgh and see what happens," said Payne.

Massengale added, "It's something in the back of your minds, but Saturday is first, gotta take care of Boise St. first. Can't look ahead in this tournament because all that really matters is who's going to be the best team Saturday at 1:30."

This marks UTC's 13th trip to the Big Dance, they have won one tournament game in school history, that came in 2004 they upset 7th seeded Rutgers at McKenzie Arena.

We'll further break down the UTC vs. Pittsburgh game throughout the week.

SCOUTING PITTSBURGH (19-11) 

(GoMocs.com) The Panthers are 19-11 this year opening the year with a 59-43 loss to undefeated Princeton on Nov. 14 before going on to win 11 of their next 13 games. Against ranked opponents, Pitt came away with a win over No. 8/6 North Carolina in league play but lost its other eight matchups including twice to Louisville in ACC play as well as Florida State, Notre Dame and Syracuse.

Pitt averaged 66.5 points per game and outscored opponents by 6.6 per game. On the boards, the Panthers lag behind its opponents 40.6-41.1 (-0.5). From the field, the Panthers shoot 39.4 percent and 31.5 percent from beyond the arc. They have a 2.1 turnover margin committing 14.2 miscues per game. Pitt averages 7.4 steals per game and 5.5 blocked shots per game.

Briannna Kiesel has started all 30 games this season for the Panthers and averages 18.2 points per game with 51 from beyond the arc. She leads the team with 138 assists and 64 steals. Monica Wignot is second on the team in scoring with 10.4 points per game and has 6.3 rebounds per game. Averaging just under 10 points per game are Yacine Diop with 9.3 ppg and 7.1 rebounds per game and Stasha Carey with 9.2 points per game and a team-high 7.6 boards. Off the bench, Fred Patvin, with two starts, has hit 50 3-pointers.


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