Last year, Mercer had a three-game winning streak to open the season, topped by a 12-game stretch of victories.
The best run this season came when the Bears won at Samford, Jacksonville State and Alabama State and then at home against North Florida.
It would be nice to get on somewhat of a roll, Mercer womens basketball head coach Susie Gardner said. Its just been really frustrating.
The Bears will try to break a two-game losing streak and try to get a little momentum going as the season nears its end when they host USC Upstate on Thursday in A-Sun womens basketball.
Were just trying to find some consistency, trying to find five players at the same time that are playing well, Gardner said. Its been one of those consistently inconsistent years. Thats the best way to describe it.
The Bears have been fairly steady in scoring, getting within five points of their average in half of their games. That has happened 10 times in points allowed.
But scoring balance and consistent defense are still on there on a regular basis.
We just havent had all five players at the same time on the floor playing their best basketball, either from the offensive perspective or the defensive perspective, Gardner said. Thats been, in many ways, a little bit baffling.
Mercer is 12-12 overall and 5-8 in A-Sun play, sixth overall and fifth among teams eligible for the A-Sun tournament. Northern Kentucky is reclassifying and is ineligible.
The top eight teams make it to the tournament, and the top four host first-round games.
We understand we still have a chance to go to the A-Sun tournament, Gardner said. Were not dead.
But (were) just going to play Upstate on Thursday and East Tennessee State on Saturday and let it play out.
Precious Bridges is back to form after missing five games following appendix surgery and still leads the Bears with 15.9 points per game. Teanna Robinson tops Mercer with 10.1 rebounds per game and Sharnea Boykin with 6.5 assists.
The Spartans are 12-11 and 7-5, third place among eligible teams, and have won six of their past eight. They lost by 13 and seven to co-leaders Stetson and Florida Gulf Coast last week.
In Mercers first meeting with USC Upstate, the Bears led by 13 in the first half, lost the lead, regained it and were up by seven with two minutes left. But the Spartans finished better and won 63-62.
That was a tough one to swallow, Gardner said. Im not sure its all the way down yet.