Mercer Bears Basketball: Meet the Players
5:43 PM, Mar 6, 2013
Chris Smith is from Dublin, Georgia.
Briana Williams led the team in scoring last season. This year an injury left her sidelined. She's practicing and hopes to join be back in uniform next fall.
Susie and her Bears plan to do "Mercer on a Mission" this summer and travel to Ghana to play games and build houses.
Kate Alemann is a newcomer to the Bears this year. She is from New Zealand. She is also fluent in French.
This year Daniel Coursey is ranked fifth in the conference when it comes to blocked shots. He has 29.
Hoffman gets so passionate during games that he has lost his voice a time or two.
Bob Hoffman came to the Bears after serving as head coach of the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. They were an NBA development franchise.
Buchan suffered a concussion last season and missed a chunk of the year.
Kendra Grant is known as "KG" to her friends. She also loves to dine on shrimp.
Where did the ball go?
Anthony White Junior lets if fly.
The Bears had a lot to cheer about this season.
Alicia Williams made 16 starts as a true freshman. She is now a sophomore. Alicia's Mom is a twin!
Langston Hall is in the top half of the conference statistics when it comes to assists.
Hall finishing up the drive.
The Mercer women won 12 games in a row this year.
Hoffman has been married for 30 years. He and his wife have a teenage son.
Langston Hall was an ASUN All Conference First Team Selection last year.
Sharnea Boykin and Ry'van Buchanan have a word working it up the floor.
Monty Brown is majoring in psychology.
Kendra Grant getting ready to recieve the ball is from Macon, Georgia. She also loves to listen and write music.
The women's team had a lot of passion on the bench this season.
Intensity on the bench. Ry'van Buchanan has some great facial expressions.
Mercer ranks ninth in the conference when it comes to free throws percentages.
Mercer finished up the year undefeated at Hawkins Arena.
Precious Bridges leads the ASUN in most points in a game at 33 against Lipscomb. That game happened in January. Prescious also says she loves seafood.
Jakob Gollon was honored as one of ten players to join the NABC Good Works Team.
Daniel Coursey is 6-10 and is from Savannah.
Assistant women's coach Rhett Wierzba got engaged this year.
Gollon is pursuing a graduate degree in educational leadership.
Mercer ranks third in the conference when it comes to assists.
Spectators can tell these guys like each other. They always high-five and clap for each other.
Susie Gardner played for Team USA.
Jakob Gollon diving for a ball.
Head Coach Susie Gardner loves to fish and golf in the summer.
Susie Gardner and Precious Bridges talk strategy. Precious likes baking cookies.
Grant has battled back from some serious knee problems.
Bud Thomas on an inbound play.
A spirited group of fans show up to every mens game in costume ready to shout thier support.
Reaction off the women's bench after a home win.
Precious Bridges has two sisters, one named Gorgeous and one named Princess
Over three thousand Bear fans can pack into Hawkins Arena.
Bob Hoffman played basketball himself and was an outstanding guard for Oklahoma Baptist.
Bud Thomas eyes the basket!
Last year Sharmesia Smith grabbed 89 offensive rebounds.
Alicia Williams two defenders.
Bob Hoffman giving direction. He rarely sits down during a game.
Susie Gardner does a radio interview with the "Voice of the Bears, Rick Cameron."
Tabitha Bradshaw paints her nails before every game.
Sharmesia Smith is a senior.
Coursey and Brown share a word on the bench.
Jessica Prieto started playing basketball in the 4th grade.
Team on three!!!
After a win the girls gather in the center of the court to thank the fans.
Travis Smith at the line.
Tabitha Bradshaw was pretty quiet as a freshman. This year fans can see her smiling and opening up as a sophomore.
Sharnea Boykin is one of the assist leaders in the country. She also says her favorite color is red!
Here is how we get it done.
Kate's older sister is seven inches shorter than she is.
Smith shot better than 80 percent from the free throw line last year.
Mercer Bears Basketball: Meet the Players
This year both the Mercer men's and women's teams have had excpetional seasons. The men went undefeated at Hawkins Arena and the women had a twelve game winning streak.