Mercer women survive Lipscomb

The Mercer women's basketball team ended its season-long three-game homestand on a high note as junior Teanna Robinson's near triple-double effort lifted the Bears to a 76-71 win over Lipscomb on Saturday afternoon at Hawkins Arena.

Robinson poured in 13 points, collected 12 rebounds and blocked eight shots, her eighth game with five or more blocks this season.

"I think our players finally decided to buckle down late and secure this win because we have had a few close games that haven't gone our way lately," head coach Susie Gardner said. "Teanna came up huge for us down the stretch today with her scoring, rebounding and defense. It was almost like she made up her mind that she was going to get the ball and no one else was going to stop her and her efforts were big time for us late in the game."

Junior Briana Williams led Mercer in scoring for the third game in a row with 19 points to go along with five rebounds and three assists.

Senior Kate Alemann just missed out on her second career double-double with nine points and a career-high 12 rebounds in the win.

Mercer found itself behind for most of the first half before a late lay-in by senior Sharnea Boykin made the score 38-35 Lipscomb going into intermission.

The Bears continued to claw their way back into the contest, using a pair of free throws by Briana Williams to pull even with the Bisons, at 51-51, with 11:54 left in the second half.

With the score still tied at 65-65, Robinson began to assert herself on the offensive end, sandwiching a lay-in by junior Precious Bridges with a pair of put-backs of her own to give Mercer a 71-68 edge with 2:05 left in the contest.

The Bears would take care of things from there, hitting five-of-six attempts from the charity stripe the rest of the way to secure the win.

Mercer out-rebounded Lipscomb 55-37 in the game which led to a 21-6 margin in second chance points.

The Bisons were led by redshirt freshman Chandler Cooper who scored 31 points and tied a Hawkins Arena record with eight three-pointers made in the loss.

Mercer is back on the road next time out when it travels to Fort Myers to take on Florida Gulf Coast on Feb. 13. Game time is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. at Alico Arena.


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