The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga had a cold-shooting Saturday in Johnson City, losing to host East Tennessee State University 64-54 in Southern Conference women's basketball.
The Mocs (11-12, 6-2) made only 21 of 67 field-goal attempts (31 percent), which included going 3-of-23 from 3-point range. Bria Dial led UTC with 13 points, with Arianne Whitaker and Eboni Williams each adding 10, Whitaker with eight rebounds and Williams with five blocked shots.
UTC's leading scorers coming in, Lakelyn Bouldin, Williams and Brooke Burns, combined to shoot just 9-for-35 from the field.
ETSU's Erica Haynes-Overton, after scoring only seven points in a 76-67 loss to UTC last month in Chattanooga, led the Buccaneers (6-17, 5-3) with 19 points, including six in a pivotal third-quarter stretch in which they took a double-digit lead.
The Mocs started the game with an 8-2 lead and were up late in the first half before the Bucs made a 7-2 run that put them ahead 27-22 at the break. Haynes-Overton, Micah Scheetz and Britney Snowden started the third quarter with baskets as their team's lead grew to 33-22.
UTC used five quick points from Whitaker to spark an 8-2 run and cut ETSU's lead to seven with six minutes to play, but the Mocs never got any closer.
UTC returns to the court Thursday for the second contest of a three-game road swing, taking on Furman at 5 p.m. in Greenville, South Carolina.