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Appalachian's Saturday matchup will mark the first of two final home games for seniors Anna Freeman, Courtney Freeman, Kelsey Sharkey, and Raven Gary.
Courtesy: Appalachian State Athletics
Women's Hoops Hosts Chattanooga in SoCon Showdown
Courtesy: Appalachian State Sports Information
Release: Thursday 02/28/2013 (ET)

BOONE, N.C. – Appalachian State University women's basketball returns home for its final two regular season matchups. First up is Southern Conference foe Chattanooga on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. at the Holmes Center.

The Mountaineers (19-7, 13-5 SoCon) clenched a win this week when they dropped a 77-46 decision to UNCG. The Lady Mocs (25-3, 18-1 SoCon) last hosted Davidson to a 68-59 victory on Monday.

This weekend's contests will mark the final home game for Appalachian seniors Anna Freeman, Courtney Freeman, Kelsey Sharkey, and Raven Gary. Saturday's game will serve as senior night for the girls, who will be recognized at 4:10 p.m. prior to the women's tip-off.

Anna Freeman will be accompanied by her father Billy Freeman, mother Jane Freeman, and sister Katie. 

Courtney Freeman's parents Stanley and Sonja Freeman will accompany her, along with her sister Kayla, while Kelsey Sharkey will be joined by her mother Anne Ernst and brother Justin Sharkey.

Admission to the women's game is FREE for all fans.

Series History
• Appalachian State and Chattanooga have competed 76 times since first meeting in the Mountaineers' inaugural season (1970). The Lady Mocs have picked up 49 wins in the all-time series.
• Chattanooga won by a hair in its last matchup against Appalachian on January 26, when the Lady Mocs grabbed a 59-55 victory.
• Appalachian recorded its last victory against Chattanooga in the 2012 post-season, when the Mountaineers pulled out a 77-52 defeat of the Lady Mocs. 
• UTC won 26 straight games against APP from 1999-2010.
• The Mountaineers' longest unbeaten streak spanned from 1993-1997 and included seven wins.

Scouting the Lady Mocs
• Chattanooga holds a 25-3 record overall and 18-1 in SoCon play, placing them at the top of the SoCon standings. 
• Chattanooga recorded its three losses this season in road games at St. Mary's, Auburn, and Elon in overtime.
• The Phoenix (Elon) defeated top-ranked Chattanooga on January 7 in a 70-60 upset. 
• The Lady Mocs outscore their opponents by an average of 14.6 points per game (68.6 ppg), while pulling down 4.4 more rebounds (40.2 rpg). 
• Chattanooga transfer Ashlen Dewart leads the Lady Mocs in scoring with 15.9 points per game and 6.9 rebounds. 
• Dewart ranks 30th nationally and number one among the SoCon in field-goal percentage (.534).
• Kayla Christopher ranks 19th nationally and leads the SoCon in three-point field-goal percentage (.407), and ranks 30th in the nation and number one in the SoCon in assist/turnover ratio (2.0).
• The Lady Mocs claimed their 18th Southern Conference crown outright with a 68-59 win over second place Davidson. 
• Chattanooga, picked to finish third in the league for a third straight year, earned its12th league crown in 14 years – all in the Wes Moore Era.
• The Lady Mocs ran their win streak to 15 – tied for eighth in active win streaks in the nation. UTC also pushed its home-court win streak to a school record 26 consecutive games, second longest active home-court win streak in the nation behind Baylor’s 54. 
• The Lady Mocs are undefeated at home over the last two years.

Looking Ahead
• The Mountaineers will close out the regular season on at the Holmes Center when they host Samford on Monday, March 4 at 6 p.m.
• The 2012 SoCon Basketball Championships take place in Asheville, N.C. from March 8-11.
• Tickets to the 2013 Southern Conference Basketball Championships can be purchased HERE. The tournament kicks off on March 8 and the Yosef Club will hold a Spring Tour kickoff event on March 7 at Pack's Tavern in downtown Asheville. Fans can register for the event by clicking HERE.

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