ELON, N.C. (WRCB/UTC) -- Just when it thought it had found its groove, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women's basketball team went ice cold once again.
Elon erase a six point deficit in the closing minutes of regulation then outscored the Lady Mocs 12-2 in overtime to post a 70-60 win over visiting UTC Monday night in Alumni Gym.
The loss is the first Southern Conference setback for Chattanooga (10-3, 3-1 in SoCon play), which had beaten its first three league opponents by an average of 29 points.
"It is very disappointing because there is a very small margin for error," head coach Wes Moore said of chasing a SoCon championship. "Last year we lost the regular season championship by one game. You can't afford to let one get away like we did tonight."
After shooting a respectable 43.3-percent from the floor in building a 35-32 halftime lead, the Lady Mocs dipped to 26.7-percent (8-of-30) in the second half, including 1-of-10 from 3-point range.
Chattanooga also made just one of eight shots and failed to get to the free throw line in the extra period.
"We were right on the edge so many times of putting it away and we just didn't quite do it," Moore said. "That is what happens when you are on the road. When you don't put a final nail in it and get it done, this is what happens. Very disappointing."
Ashlen Dewart led UTC with 20 points and nine rebounds. Kayla Christopher, who missed a game-winning shot attempt as time expired in regularion, finished with 15 points, but went scoreless in the second half.
Kelsey Evans fueled Elon (6-7, 3-1) with an impressive 19 points and 21 rebounds. Ali Ford led all scorers with 21 points.
Elon used a 7-0 run to grab a 56-55 lead with 58 seconds to play in regulation, but Dewart answered with a layup and Alex Black hit a free throw for a two-point UTC lead with 21.4 left.
Elon's Sam Cofer missed a jumper with nine seconds to play, but Evans was there for the putback to tie it up and force OT.
"Offensive rebounds. All you have to do is box out the last possession. You are up two and they miss a shot, all you have to do is box out and get one rebound and you have won the game," Moore said. "We did not get that one rebound and in overtime the same thing. They kept getting offensive boards ... 10 out of 21 from the foul line doesn't get it done either.
"We scored 23 points in the second half and we just didn't execute it well enough."
Chattanooga returns home this Saturday to host Georgia Southern at the McKenzie Arena at 6 p.m. ET.
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