First-year EKU coach Samantha Williams rarely raises her voice during a game.

She doesn't scream, stomp her feet or berate officials.

That's just not her style.

"I don't panic. The kids (see) that. They don't panic either," Williams said.

The even-keeled temperament of the coach has certainly left an impression on the Colonels.

EKU trailed by seven points twice early in the fourth quarter, but was able to rally for a win at home on Sunday. De'Ayra Davis had 23 points and five rebounds and Bria Bass had 17 points and five rebounds in a 71-65 victory over Chattanooga.

The Colonels (5-2) extended their winning streak to three games, despite committing 15 turnovers and shooting just 39 percent from the field.

"It shows that we are mentally tough," Bass said of the win over Chattanooga. "No matter who were are facing, we stick together. We are always positive, even when things aren't going our way. We have very good composure."

The Colonels have trailed in the second half of every game except one (a win over Alice Lloyd) so far this season.

They've been able to rally four times to claim come-from-behind wins, including an overtime victory last week on the road against Mercer.

"We've been down at stretches this season and they just find a way," Williams said. "That's a tribute to their fortitude and how tough they are mentally as players."

The Colonels ran out to a 10-2 lead on Sunday against Chattanooga and had a 17-7 lead after the first quarter.

The Mocs (1-8) surged back and cut the EKU advantage to 33-31 at halftime.

So far this season, EKU has been out-scored 132-92 in the second quarter.

"I've got to figure that out," Williams said with a laugh about EKU's second-quarter struggles.

Chattanooga took the lead less than a minute into the third quarter, which featured five ties and two lead changes.

The Mocs had a 45-44 lead heading into the fourth quarter and pushed out to a seven-point advantage on a three-pointer by NaKela Burks (51-44). They matched their biggest lead of the game with 7:58 left on a three-pointer by Bria Dial.

Bass and David led the late charge.

That duo combined to score 25 points in the second half.

"I'm struggling to put two halves together.," Bass said with a laugh. "But, I'm figuring it out. The second half seems to be by best half."

Bass had a big three-pointer in overtime against Mercer. The junior had seven points in the fourth quarter on Sunday, including a three-pointer with 5:48 left that gave EKU a 55-54 lead.

"The depth of our team is something that is going to bode well for us all season long," Williams said. "You never know who it is going to be from game to game - and we like it that way."

Davis took over late.

The junior transfer scored 15 points in the fourth quarter. A putback by Davis with 25 seconds left in regulation gave the Colonels a 67-63 lead. The guard hit four-of-four free throws to seal the win.

"I had fun. I was enjoying it," Davis said. "I just wanted to win the game. My job is to keep the team in it and keep everyone happy with the energy up."

Nine EKU players scored, with only Bass and Davis reaching double-figures.

Samari Mowbray had nine points and nine rebounds. Quay Stanton and Maleaha Bell had five points each. Shay Soloman and Anysa Jordan had four points each. I'Liyah Green had three points and 17 rebounds.

EKU out-rebounded Chattanooga, 46-34, and got 23 points off the bench.

"What a great team win. We faced a lot of adversity. We found a way to win and that's what it is all about," Williams said.

EKU is set to wrap up a three-game homestand on Tuesday with a match-up against Youngstown State.

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