University of Tennessee at Chattanooga vs. East Tennessee State University at Brooks Gym in Johnson City
Time: 2 p.m.
Video/radio: ESPN3/96.1 FM
Likely lineups (with heights and scoring averages in parentheses)
UTC (11-11, 6-1 Southern Conference)
Projected starters: G Lakelyn Bouldin (5-8, 12.7); G Brooke Burns (5-10, 7.8); C Abby Cornelius (6-2, 3.4); F Bria Dial (6-0, 2.9); F Rochelle Lee (6-3, 4.4).
Key reserves: F Arianne Whitaker (6-2, 8.9); F Eboni Williams (6-0, 7.4).
ETSU (6-17, 4-3)
Projected starters: F Raven Dean (6-1, 7.1); G Erica Haynes-Overton (5-5, 16.7); G Micah Sheetz (5-8, 10.9); F Britney Snowden (6-0 , 8.0); G Kaia Upton (5-6, 6.0).
Key reserves: G Carley Lytton (5-11, 5.7); F Sadasia Tipps (6-1, 4.7).
UTC goes for a season series sweep as it begins the second half of its Southern Conference schedule. The Mocs defeated ETSU 76-67 on Jan. 12 at McKenzie Arena as Bouldin scored 19 points, including going 9-for-10 on free throws, and freshman Williams had one of her early double-doubles with 17 points and 11 rebounds. She's coming off an even better game against UNC Greensboro with season bests in points (27) and rebounds (13). A sub to this point, don't be surprised if she starts this game. Williams, fellow freshman Cornelius and redshirt junior Whitaker give the Mocs three of the more imposing interior players in the SoCon, and their length bothered ETSU the first time around.
Haynes-Overton is coming off yet another SoCon player of the week award after a heroic performance in an overtime win against Western Carolina in which she hit dramatic shots late to extend the game and then scored 11 points in the extra period. She finished with 31 points, eight rebounds, seven assists and three steals. Dean, Sheetz and Snowden did not start last month's game at UTC, but Sheetz led the Bucs with 19 points.
UTC forced Haynes-Overton into a rare poor game in the teams' first meeting this season as she finished with only nine points, took only eight shots and committed seven turnovers. She will, no doubt, be motivated to improve on that today. The Mocs having top defender Molly Melton back should help keep her in control, and the Mocs' length inside should help keep her from finishing in the lane.