Georgia Southern beats Mercer Suzanne Lawler
MACON, Ga. – The Mercer women's basketball team shot just 30 percent from the field and 38 percent from the free throw line in a 61-54 loss to Georgia Southern on Wednesday evening at Hawkins Arena.
Mercer (4-4) out-rebounded Georgia Southern 55-43, but simply couldn't get in a rhythm offensively en route to its first home loss of the 2013-14 campaign.
Junior Precious Bridges led four Bears in double figures with 15 points, but classmate Teanna Robinson was the star of the night for Mercer.
Robinson narrowly missed out on a triple-double, tallying career-highs of 14 points and 20 rebounds to go along with seven blocks in the loss. Robinson's 20 rebounds are the most by an Atlantic Sun Conference player since East Tennessee State's Destiny Mitchell grabbed 20 rebounds on Feb. 25, 2012.
The Bears jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the opening minutes of the contest thanks in large part to a pair of put-back lay-ins by Robinson.
After Georgia Southern posted a 15-8 run over the next few minutes, senior Kendra Grant canned a three-pointer to put Mercer back in front, 17-15, with 9:38 left in the first half.
The back-and-forth affair continued as the Eagles utilized eight-straight points by senior MiMi DuBose to take a 25-21 lead with 3:25 remaining in the first half.
Down 31-23 coming out of halftime, things didn't get any better for Mercer as Georgia Southern started the second half on a 9-0 run to increase its lead to 40-23 with 17:19 left in the second half.
With the score 49-30 Georgia Southern, Mercer started to make its way back into the ball game. A 7-0 run capped by a fast break lay-in by junior Briana Williams made the score 49-36 Eagles with 8:30 still to go in the second half.
The Bears managed to cut the Georgia Southern lead down to seven, at 53-46, after a runner by Bridges with 1:40 left in the game.
Mercer's surge would prove to be too little too late, however, as Georgia Southern made six of its eight free throws down the stretch to secure the win.
Senior Kate Alemann grabbed a career-high 11 rebounds in the contest while classmate Sharnea Boykin dished out five assists to become the 13th A-Sun Women's Basketball Player to eclipse 500+ assists in their career in conference history.
Anna Claire Knight, who played high school basketball at Trinity Christian in Dublin, led Georgia Southern with 18 points.
Mercer is back on the road next time out when it travels to Birmingham to take on Samford on Dec. 7. Game time is scheduled for 3 p.m. at the Pete Hanna Center.