Mercer women rally for win

JACKSONVILLE, Ala. – The Mercer women's basketball team employed a last-minute rally for the second game in a row to pull out a 60-54 road win at Jacksonville State on Tuesday evening at the Pete Mathews Coliseum.

Mercer (6-4) out-scored Samford 14-3 over the final five-plus minutes last time out and tonight out-scored Jacksonville State 8-0 over final 2:30 of the contest to pull out the win.

"When you look at the fact that Jacksonville State went on a 17-0 run to start the second half and we simply weren't hitting open shots against its zone, I was really pleased with our effort and our energy to will ourselves to this win tonight," head coach Susie Gardner said. "Taylor McClintock came off the bench and hit some really big shots to kind of get us going, lift our confidence and open the net up for other players to score."

Senior Kendra Grant led four Bears in double figures with 17 points. Senior Sharnea Boykin handed out eight assists, her seventh-straight game with five or more helpers, while tying her season-high with three steals in the win.

Back-to-back buckets by Grant and six late free throws by junior Alicia Williams spearheaded the Bears late surge to secure their second-straight comeback win.

Mercer shot just 34 percent in the game, but forced Jacksonville State into 20 turnovers and collected a season-high nine steals as a team in the win.

"We had great defensive effort late, got stops when we needed to and in particular Alicia Williams got to the free throw line for us to win the game," Gardner said. "Once again, we didn't play our best basketball but this team is confident and comes up big in key scenarios to help us win."

Mercer will stay in the state of Alabama for its next contest when it takes on Alabama State on Dec. 20. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Dunn-Oliver Acadome.


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