JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (UTC Athletics) — The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women’s basketball team fell 64-54 to ETSU Saturday afternoon in Brooks Gym in Southern Conference action. The Mocs fall to 11-12 overall and remain second in the league at 6-2 while the Bucs improve to 7-17 on the year and 5-3 against the league.
Bria Dial led three Chattanooga players in double figures with 13 points, making 5-of-15 and grabbing six rebounds. Arianne Whitaker and Eboni Williams each chipped in 10 points. Whitaker had a game-high tying eight rebounds and five blocked shots.
The Mocs started the game outscoring the Bucs 12-9 in the first quarter and led by as much as six points in the frame with Lakelyn Bouldin leading the Mocs with four of her nine points in the opening quarter.
ETSU started out the second quarter with a quick two buckets to take the lead, 13-12 at the 8:42 mark. A jumper from Brooke Burns briefly gave the lead back to the Mocs but a three-point play from Micah Scheetz put the Bucs out front again 16-14 with 7:24 in the frame.
Burns sank another jumper to tie the game, but the Bucs stretched its lead back to four points, 20-16 with 3:06 to play in the half. Bria Dial scored the next for points for the Mocs to tie it up 20-20 with 2;04 remaining. ETSU went on a 7-2 run to take the lead for good and headed into intermission leading 27-22.
The Bucs us a 60 percent shooting effort in the third, outscoring UTC 21-15 in the quarter, to push its lead to as much as 13 points.
In the final frame, the Mocs held the Bucs to 28 percent shooting but could only get as close as seven points three times. Whitaker and Dial combined for the Mocs first 12 points in the fourth quarter
The Mocs shot 30.9 percent (21-68) in the game and made just three from beyond the 3-point arc. UTC had 10 blocked shots in the game, second most this season and held ETSU to just 2-of-10 from long range. The Bucs outrebounded Chattanooga 52-44 and were 24-of-64 (37.5%) from the field.
ETSU outscored the Mocs 34-28 in the paint and 16-5 in bench points while Chattanooga edged the Bucs 14-12 off turnovers, converting 16 ETSU miscues.
Erica Haynes-Overton led all scorers with 19 points and had a game-high five assists. Micah Scheetz added 10 points for the Bucs and was 4-of-5 from the free throw line. Lexus Speers led the Bucs with eight rebounds.