2011-12 CHATTANOOGA BASKETBALL Lady Vols and legendary head coach Pat Summitt. Summitt, with more than 1,000 career wins, was diagnosed with early onset dementia (Alzheimer’s type) over the summer, but will continue to guide Tennessee throughout the season. Chattanooga concludes the season in conference play and will look to return to the top of the league standings after finishing third last year.
round. The Lady Mocs will spend Thanksgiving in Mexico for the Cancun Challenge hosted by Triple Crown Sports at the Moon Palace Resort. The event will feature 10 teams in a two-day format where each will play two games on Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday. Chattanooga’s two opponents are Cincinnati and Idaho State, but the schedule has not yet been announced. The remainder of the non-conference slate will be sprinkled with a few Southern Conference matchups that begin the first of December with a trip to UNCG on the first and Elon two days later. Those two games will affect the final days of the fall semester, but the situation could not be avoided. The Lady Mocs will close out the non-conference slate with four games bracketing the holiday break and a single SoCon contest. It will be revenge time for the Lady Mocs who host Kennesaw State at the Roundhouse on December 12. The Owls edged the Lady Mocs by a point in overtime in Kennesaw, Ga., last year. Three days later, Belmont will come to town for the first game in Chattanooga since 1981. Chattanooga will step back into SoCon play on December 19 when it plays host to Western Carolina followed by a trip back in time to a former league foe East Tennessee State. UTC will travel to Johnson City to take on the Lady Bucs and former UTC Aide Karen Kemp on December 22 before taking a break for the holidays. January will see a return to action and a return to Knoxville as the Lady Mocs will take on the eight-time National Champion
STAFF Moore begins his 14th season on the bench for Chattanooga and his 22nd overall as a head coach. Last season he led the Lady Mocs to a third place league finish and an overtime appearance in the semifinals of the conference tournament. Moore became the ninth-fastest coach in NCAA history to reach the 500 win mark and has led Chattanooga to more than 300 victories in his time on the bench. He is the winningest coach in school and league history. While Moore’s core coaching staff remains in place, one name has changed. Associate Head Coach Nikki Blassingame wed Mocs football assistant coach Marcus West over the summer and will now be referred to as Nikki West. She begins her eighth season with Chattanooga. Assistant Coach Mike Murray will begin his sixth year and Katie Burrows embarks on her second season on the bench with the Lady Mocs. Maurice Burton steps into the graduate assistant manager vacancy left by Michael Scruggs and the team will now be managed by Shelby Hill and former Lady Moc Kiara Smith.
2011-12 Women's Basketball media guide