Undersized Guard Chelsey Shumpert Helps Power Mocs Basketball Team

Chattanooga-(WDEF) Mocs guard Chelsey Shumpert is the smallest player on the UTC women’s basketball team, and yet she leads the team in scoring by averaging nearly 12 points a game.

Not bad for a sophomore, whose game seems to be getting bigger and bigger.
  Chelsey Shumpert says she stands just 5’3, and that size is just perfect for head coach Jim Foster.
"I’ve always had really good undersized guards even back into the 80’s. It hasn’t stopped. I think it’s as much as an advantage as other folks think it’s a disadvantage."
Said Shumpert,"He has really helped me see that being little doesn’t mean anything. You can still be a big factor."
Said Foster,"I think being down low and being under. You’re a little quicker to balls. A bunch of things."
Reporter-"What kind of comments do you get after a game?"
Said Shumpert,"They say you’re so small, but you play the best that you can. You play so hard."
    Shumpert is getting harder to defend because she’s getting more comfortable behind the  arc.
"Coach Foster was just telling me if I have to take the shot then make it. To get more confidence, you have to be willing to take it."
    Foster also encourages Shumpert to shoot for consistency.
"She went from not having a field goal against Samford to being player of the week the next week. You don’t want those peaks and valley’s. You just want something a little steadier."
   Shumpert won her second SoCon player of the week award on Tuesday after averaging twenty points in her last two games.
"Just more confidence. Being more aggressive. I think my teammates allow me to do that in practice, so I carry it over into games."
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