Chattanooga Lady Mocs
| MESSAGE BOARD
REGION: Midwest SEED: 10
COACH: Wes Moore CONFERENCE: Southern
Road to the Final Four ...................................................................................
|PLAYER TO WATCH|
The 5-foot-11 guard is only a sophomore, but stats outweighed class when it came to the SoCon awards, as Brown was named regular-season and conference tournament MVP. Brown led the Lady Mocs in scoring (14.5 ppg) during the regular season and was the league's top 3-point shooter, hitting 43.6 percent of her attempts from beyond the arc. Brown is the first sophomore to be named league MVP since 2000.
ANALYSIS BY ESPN'S STACEY DALES-SCHUMAN
After coming off one of the most storied seasons in Chattanooga basketball history, the Lady Mocs had grand expectations for the 2003-04 season -- especially since they returned virtually their entire corps of players.
The Lady Mocs have certainly lived up to the hype thus far. They won their fifth consecutive Southern Conference title with an undefeated record in league play. Three-time SoCon Coach of the Year, the most recent honor of which came this season, Wes Moore is doing everything in his power to maximize the potential of his veteran savvy ball club.
Despite having four seniors, it's a sophomore who has taken charge in the scoring department. Having led the entire conference as a freshman in 3-point accuracy last season, 5-foot-11 guard Katasha Brown is leading the team with 15 points per game a year later. She scores catching off the pass, creating off the dribble and even posting up mismatches inside. Need I mention she was named the 2003-04 SoCon Player of the Year?
A good rebounding squad, Chattanooga is led by junior Shayma Sermons down low. This explosive athlete is tallying eight boards a contest, three of which come at the offensive end.
Leading the way in assists is senior point guard Katie Galloway. With an average of four dishes a game, Galloway also has range and a gritty defensive stance that often sets the tone for her team.
With four players averaging in double figures this season -- three of whom (Brown, senior guard Miranda Warfield and sophomore forward Tiffani Roberson) are the team's top scorers and also members of the 10-player all-conference team -- the Lady Mocs should have good momentum rolling into the tournament. Moore plays nine bodies deep and gets balanced production as a result.
A team that does well in every phase of the game during conference play, the Lady Mocs will no doubt be tested come the most competitive platform for all of basketball.