NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Mercer played East Tennessee State almost even for most of the final 35 minutes of their Atlantic Sun women's semifinal game.
But ETSU made the first minutes count.
The Lady Bucs scored 14 straight to take a 16-3 lead and kept the hot touch from the floor to withstand the Bears rallies for an 82-60 win at Lipscomb's Allen Arena.
Mercer ends its season at 17-14 while top-seeded ETSU advanced to today's championship with a 19-10 record.
ETSU led by 19 in the second half and Mercer cut it to nine once only for the Lady Bucs to get a 3-pointer from player of the year Siarre Evans as the shot clock expired.
The Lady Bucs shot a season-high 54 percent from the floor.
Senior Dominique Chism led Mercer with 18 points before fouling out with 39.5 seconds left. Courtney Ford added 17 and LaToya Jackson 13.
TaRonda Wiles had 22 and Evans 20 for ETSU.