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The Mercer women's basketball team's late rally wasn't quite enough in a 72-64 loss to Northern Kentucky on Thursday evening at Hawkins Arena.

Mercer (11-10, 4-6 A-Sun) was led by junior Briana Williams who posted a team-high 17 points on 8-of-16 shooting from the field to go along with a career-high six assists. Senior Kendra Grant was the only other Bear in double figures with 15 points in the loss.

The game was deadlocked after a fast break lay-in by junior Precious Bridges made the score 44-44 with 12:58 left in the second half.

After a jumper by Briana Williams made the score 53-52 in favor of Northern Kentucky, the Norse started to create some separation from the Bears. NKU used a 13-4 run to make the score 66-56 with 5:09 remaining in the second half.

Mercer didn't give up, however, using an 8-0 surge keyed by a straightaway jumper by Grant to pull within two of Northern Kentucky, 66-64, with just 59 seconds left in the game.

That would be as close as the Bears would get, though, as the Norse went on a 6-0 run to finish out the contest and secure the win.

Senior Kayla Thacker led four Norse players in double figures with 19 points. As a team, Northern Kentucky tied a Hawkins Arena record with 14 made three-pointers in the win.

Mercer wraps up its current three-game homestand on Saturday afternoon when it welcomes Lipscomb into town. Game time is scheduled for 3 p.m. at Hawkins Arena.

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