MACON, Ga. (School Release) - The Mercer women's basketball team puts its eight-game winning streak on the line when it welcomes North Florida into town on Saturday at 2 p.m. 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.
Scouting the Opposition
North Florida (10-12, 6-5 A-Sun) enters play on Saturday afternoon in a tie for fourth in the A-Sun Conference standings after dropping a 66-50 decision to FGCU on Feb. 4. In the first meeting between the two schools, Mercer held UNF to just 28 percent shooting from the field in a 56-43 road win on Jan. 14. The Ospreys feature one of the best defenses in the A-Sun, ranking third in the league allowing only 59.3 points per game. North Florida sixth man junior Ki Conner paces the teams' offense, averaging 9.4 points per game on 37 percent shooting from beyond the arc.
Last Time Out
The Mercer women's basketball team used aggressive team defensive to pull away for a 57-36 win over Kennesaw State on Feb. 2 at Hawkins Arena. 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 just 36 points, 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. Leading 26-22 at halftime, Mercer continued to add onto its advantage 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.
- Several Bears rank among the A-Sun Conference statistical leaders as we move towards the back end of league play. In scoring, sophomore Precious Bridges leads the A-Sun averaging 17.9 points per game while junior Kendra Grant ranks seventh with 12.9 points per contest. Junior Sharnea Boykin paces the league in three categories, including 7.1 assists per contest, a 2.6-to-1.0 assist-to-turnover ratio and 35.5 minutes played per game. Lastly, sophomore Teanna Robinson ranks first in the A-Sun with 1.7 blocks per game and third with 8.4 rebounds per game.