The scouting report was concise, the game plan simple.
Lipscomb shoots a lot of 3-pointers. Dont let Lipscomb shoot open 3-pointers.
When you have a team that has four 3-point shooters, around the perimeter, it makes it a little bit tricky to always get out onto them, Mercer head coach Susie Gardner said. Sometimes you have to pick and choose, prioritize.
Stopping Chandler Cooper was a priority, and she had a career-high game and made four times as many 3s as Mercer.
But Teanna Robinson made it all better.
The 6-foot-5 junior neared a triple-double -- and every point, rebound and block was needed -- to lead Mercer to a 76-71 win Saturday over Lipscomb in A-Sun womens basketball at Hawkins Arena.
Coach Gardner, she said she needed me, Robinson said. My teammates, they needed me. We all needed each other.
Robinson had 13 points, 12 rebounds -- half on the offensive side -- and eight blocks in 29 minutes as the Bears avoided losing to the A-Suns cellar dweller, which is still looking for its first conference win.
Mercer improved to 12-10 overall and 5-6 in the A-Sun while Lipscomb fell to 3-19 and 0-11.
Briana Williams led Mercer with 19 points in 21 minutes, while Kendra Grant added 13 points. Kate Alemann barely missed a double-double with nine points and 12 rebounds.
They helped Mercer to a whopping 55-37 advantage in rebounds.
Cooper had 31 for Lipscomb, going 8-for-14 on 3-pointers and 11-for-22 overall. Sara Bliss added 10 points.
Lipscomb didnt trail in the first half, and the Bisons were bombing away, from a few feet behind the line, especially Cooper.
Chandler was supposed to be a priority, Gardner said. But she was feeling it, as well.
A slight moral victory for Gardner was watching the opposition call an early second-half timeout for adjustments. The Bears have a habit of a sluggish start to the second half that leads to a chat before the first media timeout.
That almost seemed on schedule after Lipscomb hit three 3s for a 47-39 lead, but two Robinson putbacks led to a Bisons timeout with 16:11 left in the game.
Little changed and the margin stayed between four and six until Alemann drained a 15-footer after Robinsons offensive rebound, and the Bears were within 51-49 with 12:10 to go. Williams hit two free throws after an intentional foul to tie it and then put Mercer on top with a hanging jumper in the lane at the 11:53 mark.
The Bears then went from a four-point lead to a four-point deficit in a little more than two minutes as Lipscomb scored on four straight trips. But Mercer got a Precious Bridges baseline drive -- her first points of the game -- and a Robinson post bucket for a 67-65 lead with 4:12 left.
The last thing I told the kids before we came out before the game was that defense was going to win this game, Gardner said. I have not been pleased with our defensive effort as of late.
Mercer got quality defense down the stretch from Alicia Williams, Bridges and, of course, Robinson. The Bears hit 5-of-6 from the line from then on, and kept the Bisons from any 3-point resurgence.
I think this was one of my more clutch games, said Robinson, who had 10 points, seven rebounds and six blocks in the second half. But I think all around, together, I think all played clutch defense at the end.