UTC’s Taylor Hall Named SoCon Female Athlete of the Year

UTC forward Taylor Hall has been named the SoCon Female Athlete of the Year. 

Hall is the eighth female student-athlete from Chattanooga to win the award. She became the first player in league history to be named the Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year and Most Outstanding Player of the Southern Conference tournament in the same season during 2014. Named the league’s Player of the Week on three occasions, Hall was named first team all-conference for the second straight season.

She was the only player in the league to rank in the top five in scoring, rebounding and assists this past season. Hall posted 14 double-doubles as a senior and helped the Mocs win the Southern Conference regular-season and tournament titles.

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Hall finished her career 20th on UTC’s all-time scoring list (1,183) and finished eighth in rebounds (814). She worked as a volunteer with the PAWS program in Chattanooga and mentored local youth. Hall graduated with a degree in rehabilitation science and was a four-year member of Chattanooga’s Dean List and athletic director’s Honor Roll.


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