MACON, Ga. (School Release)- The Mercer women's basketball team used aggressive team defensive to pull away for a 57-36 win over Kennesaw State on Saturday afternoon at Hawkins Arena.
Mercer's (14-7, 8-2 A-Sun) eight-game winning streak is now tied with the 2002-03 edition of the Bears for the longest winning streak since the program turned Division I. The eight-straight wins are the most consecutive victories for Mercer since ripping off 14 in a row as a Division II member in 1984-85.
The Bears 8-2 start in A-Sun Conference play is the squad's best since running up a 9-1 record through their first 10 league games in the 1991-92 campaign.
Mercer held Kennesaw State to 36 points on 30 percent shooting from the field, which is ironic because it's the first time the Bears have held an opponent to under 40 points in a game since downing the Owls 60-38 in January of 2010.
Sophomore Tabitha Bradshaw scored a team-high 12 points in the win, while classmate Alicia Williams joined her in double figures with 10 points and six rebounds.
Kennesaw State was the aggressor at the onset of the contest, using a lay-up by freshman Chelsea Mason to take a 10-4 lead with 14:54 left in the first half.
With the Owls holding an 18-13 lead with 4:25 remaining in the period, Mercer started to come to live offensively. A three-pointer by Bradshaw in the final seconds capped a 13-4 run that sent the Bears into the locker room with a 26-22 halftime advantage.
Mercer continued to add onto its lead to start the second half thanks in large part to its play on the defensive side of the ball. The Orange and Black opened the second half holding Kennesaw State to zero points over the first 4:51 of play to fuel a 10-0 run that made the score 36-22.
It would be smooth sailing from that point forward for the Bears, as their lead ballooned to as many as 23 points before settling for a comfortable 21-point win.
The Orange and Black recorded a season-high 12 blocks in the contest while holding a decisive 32-0 advantage in bench points.
Mercer continues its three-game homestand when it welcomes North Florida into town on February 9. Game time is scheduled for 2 p.m. at Hawkins Arena.