University of Tennnessee at Chattanooga women vs. Furman at Timmons Arena in Greenville, South Carolina
Time: 5 p.m.
Video/radio: ESPN PLUS/96.1 FM
Likely lineups (with heights and scoring averages in parentheses)
UTC (11-12, 6-2 Southern Conference)
Projected starters: G Lakelyn Bouldin (5-8, 12.5); G Brooke Burns (5-10, 7.7); F Bria Dial (6-0, 4.4); F Rochelle Lee (6-3, 4.2); F Eboni Williams (6-0, 8.9).
Key reserves: C Abby Cornelius (6-2, 3.4); F Arianne Whitaker (6-2, 6.3).
FURMAN (14-10, 6-3)
Projected starters: G Le'Jzae Davidson (5-5, 16.7); F Kaitlyn Duncan (6-1, 6.3); G Milica Manojlovic (5-7, 4.0); G Taylor Petty (5-9, 8.1); F Celina Taborn (6-3, 12.4).
Key reserves: G Tierra Hodges (5-9, 6.0); G Jarya Outten (5-5, 3.5).
Cold shooting doomed the Mocs in a 10-point loss at East Tennessee State University last Saturday, setting up today's showdown for second place in the SoCon standings with less than three weeks remaining in the regular season. UTC made only 21 of 68 shots (30.9 percent) at ETSU (and was just 3-for-23 from 3-point range), with nearly every Moc struggling. Whitaker, who was 5-of-8 from the field, was the only UTC player with more than one shot who finished at 50 percent or better. The Mocs played perhaps their best game of the season when they beat Furman 73-53 on Jan. 19 in Chattanooga. Bouldin, Cornelius, Dial and Williams all reached double figures in points, and defensively, the Mocs held the Paladins to 25.7 percent shooting.
Furman is playing its best basketball of the season, having won four of its past five games, including back-to-back road victories against UNC Greensboro and Western Carolina in the past two. Defense continues to be the team's strength as it leads the SoCon in defensive field-goal percentage. The Paladins limited UNCG to just 29.7 percent shooting in a 59-49 win this past Saturday, holding league-leading scorer Nadine Soliman to just 13 points.
The Mocs match up well with Furman size-wise, especially Taborn, who can control games inside. She had 15 rebounds against Western Carolina. The other big key is to pay extra attention to Davidson, who leads the Paladins in scoring, assists and steals.