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- Student athletes achieve in the classroom
- Mocs celebrate 'Academic Night' at The Citadel Game
- Holinquest, Wade-Fray, Davis, earn SoCon Recognition
Student-athletes had an impressive semester in the classroom with more than half of the Mocs earning a spot on the 2009 Fall Semester Athletics Director's Honor Roll. More than 100 UTC student-athletes also made the Dean's List for the fall semester.
To earn Athletics Director's Honor Roll recognition, a student-athlete must post a 3.0 or greater grade-point-average for the semester. A total of 149, more than 52% of all UTC student-athletes, earned this recognition in the fall.
"I am very proud of the work our student-athletes are doing in the classroom and it seems to get better and better each semester," said Director of Athletics Rick Hart. "To have over half of our student-athletes earn a 3.0 GPA is a testament to their hard work and the tireless efforts of our coaches and academic support staff. This all falls right in line with our mission of preparing student-athletes for productive and meaningful lives while striving for comprehensive excellence academically, athletically and socially."
Additionally, 111 Mocs made the Dean's List by posting a 3.2 or higher GPA last semester. The University also boasted 24 student-athletes who had a perfect 4.0 GPA during the 2009 fall semester. Of those 24, 18 accomplished the feat during their competition season.
The Mocs had 10 teams record a 3.0+ GPA last semester, including men's and women's cross country, men's and women's golf, soccer, men's and women's tennis, men's and women's track & field and volleyball. Eight of these 10 teams accomplished a 3.0 GPA during their respective competition seasons. The women's cross country team had the highest team GPA with a 3.61.
Six of the seven members of the women's golf team were on the honor roll, while 80% of the women's tennis and women's track & field and cross country student-athletes had over a 3.0 GPA. Football had the highest number of student-athletes honored, with 36 on the honor roll and 21 on the Dean's List. Five volleyball players recorded a 4.0 GPA, the highest number on a team last semester.
The Mocs Spirit Squad also had a strong year in the classroom. Three Cheerleaders achieved a 3.0 GPA or higher and nine cheerleaders made Dean’s List with a GPA of 3.2 or higher. Four Sugar Mocs posted a GPA of 3.0 or more and three Sugar Mocs made the Dean’s List in fall semester.
The Athletics Department celebrated "Academic Night" at the men's basketball game against The Citadel on Thursday, January 14. Over 150 student-athletes cheerleaders and Sugar Mocs were honored on the court at halftime for having a 3.0 grade-point-average or higher during the 2009 fall semester.
The Dayle May Award was also presented by Jerry Tessman. This award is given annually to the Moc and Lady Moc senior with the highest cumulative GPA. This year's recipients were David Moore from men's track & field and cross country and Katie Taylor from women's golf.
Moore, a Sarnia, Ontario, native is majoring in engineering technologies. Taylor, from Talbot, Tennessee, is majoring in psychology. They were congratulated by Tessman, Director of Athletics Rick Hart, UTC Chancellor Dr. Roger Brown and UTC Provost Dr. Phil Oldham.
Chattanooga's Shanara Hollinquest became the school's all-time leader in made free throws and has been selected the Southern Conference women's basketball player of the week for all games January 12-18.
This is the third time in the 2009-10 season the senior forward from Sylacauga, Alabama, has earned the league’s weekly honor. She posted her 10th double-double of the season and 15th of her career Saturday, January 16, against Western Carolina with 19 points and 10 rebounds. She also added two steals and two assists.
Hollinquest made her first free throw of the game, and with it became Chattanooga's all-time leader in made free throws, surpassing Regina Kirk's record of 418 set in 1988. Her final two free throws of the game with 0.9 seconds remaining gave the Lady Mocs a 68-66 victory against the Lady Catamounts.
Hollinquest's 19 points moved her into sixth place all-time at UTC with 1,488 career points. She is also seventh in the record books in rebounding with 769 for her career. The forward is averaging 18.4 points and 9.1 rebounds to lead the league in both categories.
Chattanooga senior women's basketball player Jenaya Wade-Fray was named the Southern Conference women's basketball Player of the Week for all games Jan. 19-25 the league office announced Tuesday. This is her second honor this season.
The Madison, Alabama, guard averaged 17 points and 7.5 rebounds in two games last week. She also added six assists and four steals.
In the 58-52 win at Furman, Wade-Fray posted her second double-double of the season with a game-high 15 points and 10 rebounds.
Against Wofford, Wade-Fray once again scored the game high, tallying 19 points to go along with five boards. The Lady Mocs won 78-72 and claimed their 10th consecutive victory.
Wade-Fray has scored in double figures 15 times this season and has led the Lady Mocs in points five times.
She has now scored 1,201 career points and moved into 16th place on Chattanooga's all-time scoring list. Her 191 career three-pointers rank third in school history and fifth all-time in the Southern Conference.
Redshirt freshman Michelle Davis was named the Southern Conference women’s basketball player of the week after posting back-to-back career games in the last week of January.
Davis, a 6-2 Cleveland, Tennessee, native, averaged 20.5 points and 13 rebounds in the Lady Mocs two conference victories last week. She shot 57.1 percent from behind the arc and added two steals.
In the 83-64 win against Elon, Davis scored what was then a career-high 20 points and pulled down a career-best 19 rebounds. Her 19 boards tied for eighth most in school history and are the most by any Chattanooga player this season. It marked the first time since 1999 that a UTC player has reached that rebounding plateau.
Davis followed that performance by setting a new career high with 21 points and tallying a game-best seven rebounds against UNC Greensboro. She was a perfect 3-for-3 from the three-point line and scored 21 of the Lady Mocs’ 24 bench points. Chattanooga topped the Spartans 82-63 and is currently on a 12-game winning streak.See the Lady Mocs schedule at www.gomocs.com