MACON, Ga. - The Mercer women's basketball team couldn't overcome the hot shooting of Florida Gulf Coast in a 70-41 home loss on Wednesday evening at Hawkins Arena.
FGCU (9-5, 2-0 A-Sun) hit 14 three-pointers and shot 54 percent from beyond the arc to pull away in the second half and secure the win.
Sophomore Precious Bridges scored nine points to lead a Mercer (6-7, 0-2 A-Sun) offense that struggled throughout and shot just 31 percent from the field on the evening.
Mercer got on top at the start as sophomore Alicia Williams drove baseline for a bank shot and a 2-0 Bears lead. The advantage lasted only moments, as the Eagles responded with a three ball just 16 seconds later courtesy of freshman Jamie Gluesing.
With just under 14 minutes left in the half, Mercer lost a 9-7 advantage when FGCU senior Joyce Iamstrong knocked down her first three-pointer of the afternoon. Her shot marked the start of a 14-2 visitor run that elapsed 5:19 of game action and put the Bears behind by double-digits.
Mercer whittled the deficit down to six at the 5:36 juncture, after a lay-in by Bridges, but ultimately had to settle on a 31-20 halftime deficit.
Coming out of intermission, the Eagles essentially put the game out of reach by using a 20-6 run over the first eight minutes of the period. A three-pointer by senior Lerrin Cook pushed the FGCU lead up to 51-26 with 11:40 to go in the second half.
Senior Betsy Adams paced the Eagles with 20 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the field and 6-of-8 shooting from beyond the arc.
Mercer hits the road for its next contest, traveling up I-75 to take on in-state rival Kennesaw State on January 5. Game time is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. at the KSU Convocation Center.