Chattanooga’s Lakelyn Bouldin scored 17 points and the Bucs fell to 2-15 with a 76-67 loss to the Mocs in the Southern Conference opener for both teams Saturday.
The Bucs hadn’t played since Dec. 29 when they lost to High Point.
ETSU had beaten the Mocs twice last year in Jim Foster’s final season. The Hall of Fame head coach, who had 903 career victories with four schools, has retired. Chattanooga is now coached by Katie Burroughs, who is 6-10 in her first season.
Micah Sheetz led ETSU with 19 points. Lexus Spears had 13. Eboni Williams added 17 for the Mocs.
ETSU’s Carley Lytton connected from 3-point range at the halftime buzzer to forge a 34-34 tie.
Early in the fourth quarter, the Mocs pulled ahead 62-52 and appeared ready to blow it open. ETSU cut it to 64-61 when Raven Dean found Spears for a layup with 3:27 remaining.
The Bucs had the ball down 67-64 with 1:26 remaining, but turned it over on a 3-second call.
ETSU’s last gasp was a 3-pointer by Dean with 24 seconds left, making the score 70-67, but the Mocs finished it off at the free throw line.
Second-chance points were the difference in this one as Chattanooga outscored ETSU 19-3.
ETSU returns to action Wednesday when Furman comes to town for a SoCon game at Brooks Gym.