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Bears Looking for 12th-Straight Win at USC Upstate on Monday

6:32 PM, Feb 17, 2013   |    comments
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SPARTANBURG, S.C. (School Release)- The Mercer women's basketball team puts its 11-game winning streak on the line Monday night when it takes on USC Upstate at 7 p.m. at the Hodge Center.

Mercer's (17-7, 11-2 A-Sun) current 11-game winning streak is now tied for the 12th longest active winning streak in the nation. The Bears have also played well away from Hawkins Arena of late, as they enter Monday's contest on a six-game road winning streak.

Scouting the Opposition

USC Upstate (10-15, 6-8 A-Sun) enters play on Monday night after most recently downing Kennesaw State 57-48 at home on Feb. 16. The Spartans are a respectable 7-6 at the Hodge Center this season, compared to just 3-9 on the road. Precious Bridges tallied a game-high 23 points and Mercer out-scored USC Upstate 37-16 in the first half on its way to a 72-55 win in the teams' first meeting this season on Jan. 19. The Spartans have had trouble holding onto the ball this season, as they rank last in the A-Sun Conference averaging 21.4 turnovers per game. Senior Tee'Ara Copney paces USC Upstate offensively with 13.1 points per game on 38 percent shooting from beyond the arc. 

Last Time Out

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. - The Mercer women's basketball team used a dominant defense and balanced scoring in the second half to pull away from East Tennessee State for its 11th-straight win, 67-58, on Feb. 16 at MSHA Athletics Center. Junior Kendra Grant had a game-high 23 points on 7-of-15 shooting from the field and a 5-of-8 showing from three-point territory. Precious Bridges also added 20 points of her own to push the Bears record to 10-2 when they have two players score at least 20 points in a game. Trailing 34-33 at halftime, Mercer was the more aggressive team to start the second half, scoring the first nine points of the period to take a 42-34 lead with 14:35 left in the game. Mercer kept pouring it on, using back-to-back lay-ins by sophomore Alicia Williams to push its lead to 59-42 with 7:28 left in the game.  

Fast Facts

- Two more Bears have a chance to clinch some impressive individual milestones in Monday night's contest. Senior Sharmesia Smith is just 13 rebounds shy of 600 during her time in Macon while junior Kendra Grant is 26 points away from 500 for her career.

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