CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (GoMocs.com) --- The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women's basketball team will head to Piscataway, N.J., to take on Rutgers Friday afternoon at The RAC. This will be just the second meeting between the two teams and the first in the regular season.
CHATTANOOGA vs. RUTGERS
This will be just the second meeting between the two teams. In 2004, the Mocs posted a 74-69 win over the Scarlet Knights in the first round of the NCAA Tournament hosted by Chattanooga.
The Mocs return four starters from last year's squad along with redshirt junior Chelsey Shumpert who suffered a season-ending knee injury early last season. Chattanooga was picked to win the Southern Conference by the league coaches and media after winning the last four and 20 since 1984.
Seniors Jasmine Joyner and Queen Alford were selected to the preseason all-conference team along with junior Keiana Gilbert. Joyner was picked the preseason favorite for Player of the Year. Also in the lineup will be transfer Shelbie Davenport who sat on the bench last season along with Aryanna Gilbert, freshman Lakelyn Bouldin and senior Moses Johnson.
Head coach Jim Foster begins his 39th season overall and fourth at Chattanooga. He is eighth on the all-time NCAA wins list with 865, tied with Montana's Robin Selvig. At UTC, he has an 82-16 overall record an is 44-2 in Southern Conference play with three Socon regular season and tournament titles.
Rutgers graduated six players from last year's roster that went 19-15 overall and reached the second round of the WNIT Tournament
Eight Scarlet Knights return, however, returning leader scorer and Second Team All-Big Ten honoree, Tyler Scaife will sit out the 2016-17 season after having a routine medical procedure over the summer.
Junior Shrita Parker begins her third year as the most experienced Scarlet Knight having averaged 5.1 points and 2.8 rebounds in 14 starts a year ago. Sophomore KK Sanders also appeared in all 34 contests, making five starts. She averaged 2.9 points and 1.6 rebounds per contest in her first season.
Hall of fame head coach C. Vivian Stringer begins her 22nd season at Rutgers and 46th overall having accumulated 971 wins, ranking her fourth among active Division I coaches in career victories.