The Mercer women's basketball team placed four players in double figures Saturday afternoon and used a key second-half run to roll past Kennesaw State 74-53 at the KSU Convocation Center in Atlantic Sun Conference action.
The Bears (15-12, 8-8) win their third-straight game and the sweep the season series from KSU for the second-consecutive season, while the Owls (6-21, 4-12) drop their fifth-straight contest.
"I thought Precious Bridges did an exceptional job leading our team today without Sharnea Boykin in the lineup," said head coach Susie Gardner. "Kendra (Grant) shot the ball great, Teanna (Robinson) did another amazing job on the offensive glass and everyone stepped up and contributed to this win."
Mercer opened the game with six consecutive points and eventually jumped out to an 11-2 lead when Kendra Grant drilled a three-pointer with 16:17 remaining in the first half.
Teanna Robinson made history at the 11:25 mark when she picked up block No. 100 on the year to join an elite Atlantic Sun Conference group. Robinson was joined by Stetson's Amber Porter Saturday as the duo both reached the century mark in blocks and became the fifth and sixth players in league history to do so.
The Bears took their first double-digit lead of the game when Robinson pulled down an offensive rebound and hit the put back to give Mercer a 23-12 lead and force the Owls to call timeout.
Kennesaw State responded with a 5-0 spurt before the Bears regained a double-digit lead with 4:21 left in the period and took a 35-28 advantage into intermission.
The Owls opened the second half with four straight points to cut the Mercer lead to just 35-32 and force the Bears to call timeout. After trading buckets the next five minutes, Mercer held a six-point lead when it went on a 12-2 run to jump in front 59-43 with 7:03 remaining.
The Bears continued to pull away down the stretch, leading by a game-high 22 points on a free throw by Precious Bridges with 3:30 left, before an Alicia Williams three-point play in the final minute gave Mercer a 21-point victory on the road.
Bridges led all scorers with 23 points and added five assists in all 40 minutes of action, while Grant chipped in 19 points on 9-for-15 shooting from the field. Alicia Williams and Briana Williams tallied 11 points apiece, while Robinson finished a bucket short of a double-double with eight points and 14 rebounds.
The Bears return to action Thursday, March 6, traveling to the River City for 7 p.m. matchup with North Florida. Mercer will turn around two days later and battle Jacksonville at 1 p.m. in the regular season finale.