FORT MYERS, Fla. – The Mercer women's basketball team gave up a season-high in points Thursday evening and fell 99-57 at Florida Gulf Coast University in Atlantic Sun Conference action at Alico Arena.
Mercer (12-11, 5-7) drops its third conference road game in five chances this season, while FGCU (17-7, 11-1) remains a perfect 14-0 against the Bears in the all-time series.
Mercer trailed 8-6 in the opening minutes of the game before FGCU went on a tear, scoring 12 straight points to open up a 20-6 advantage with 11:13 remaining in the opening half. Taylor McClintock stopped the run with a quick catch and shoot three-pointer, but the Eagles continued to pull away later in the period with a 15-5 run to push the lead to 40-20.
The Eagles opened the second half much like they ended the first, scoring in bunches and using an 18-4 run to race out to a 34-point lead at 63-29. FGCU worked the ball inside and scored 14 of those 18 points in the paint to take control of the contest.
FGCU continued to stay red hot from the field throughout the second half, leading by as many as 48 points with 4:35 remaining before picking up the 42-point victory.
McClintock put together the first double-digit scoring game of her collegiate career with 17 points on 5-for-7 shooting from long range and a 6-for-9 performance from the field.
Precious Bridges added 17 points of her own, with seven of those coming from the charity stripe, while Robinson was the only other Mercer player in double figures with 11.
The Bears return to action Saturday, Feb. 15, making their way to DeLand, Fla., to take on Stetson in another A-Sun matchup. Tip-off against the Hatters is set for 1 p.m. in The J. Ollie Edmunds Center.