Chattanooga's Lady Mocs headed to Texas for NCAA tournament

Chattanooga's Lady Mocs headed to Texas for NCAA tournament

March 19th, 2013 by John Frierson in Local Regional News

UTC players Ashlen Dewart, left, and Kylie Lambert react as the Lady Mocs' NCAA tournament seeding is announced Monday evening at Big River Grille. UTC will play Nebraska this Saturday in College Station, Texas.

Photo by Angela Lewis/Times Free Press.

Document: Women's NCAA tournament brackets

Women's 2013 NCAA tournament brackets

There was no in or out drama for the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women's basketball team Monday night. Gathered at Big River Grille downtown with more than 200 supporters, the Lady Mocs knew they would show up at some point during the NCAA tournament selection show on ESPN.

"We knew, but I was still a little nervous about where we were going and who we were playing," sophomore wing Ka'Vonne Towns said.

The wait was 23 minutes before UTC (29-3) learned its fate, prompting a roar and applause. The Southern Conference regular-season and tournament champion is an 11 seed and will face sixth-seeded Nebraska (23-8) in the first round Saturday at 6:30 p.m. EDT in College Station, Texas.

"I just wanted to go somewhere," UTC junior center Ashlen Dewart said giddily.

The Tennessee Lady Vols (24-7) are a No. 2 seed and will play No. 15-seeded Oral Roberts (18-12) on Saturday in Knoxville. Georgia (25-6) is a No. 4 seed and will face No. 13 Montana (24-7) on Saturday in Spokane, Wash.

Middle Tennessee State and UT-Martin also made the field from Tennessee.

The Lady Mocs clinched an automatic bid last Monday by winning the SoCon tournament. That left them a week to wonder where they might be headed, senior guard Kayla Christopher said.

"You know you're in, so you don't have to worry about if you're going to get in, but there's still anxiousness," she said. "It was a long week, for sure."