An 11 a.m. start on Field Trip Day didn’t slow the Mercer women’s basketball team down, as the Bears claimed a 77-56 victory at Georgia Southern on Tuesday.
A 17-0 run in the first quarter set the tone for Mercer’s victory, with the Bears improving to 6-1. Georgia Southern lost its fifth straight after winning its first two.
Kahlia Lawrence led Mercer with 17 points, while Sydni Means added 14 points, seven steals, seven assists and four rebounds. Ten of Means’ points came in the second quarter.
Mercer’s run began after the first media timeout, when the game was tied at 6. By the end of the first quarter, the Bears led 23-6, with 14 Mercer points coming off Georgia Southern turnovers.
The Bears recorded 19 steals, with 34 Mercer points coming off of turnovers.
“I wasn’t very happy at halftime and we were going to change our defense in the second half — we had 19 transition points at half,” Mercer head coach Susie Gardner said in a Mercer news release. Sydni (Means) did a fantastic job getting tips and was clearly our offensive spark in the first half. To score easily, I felt like we had to play solid defense, which is what we did in the third quarter.”
Mercer hosts Kennesaw State at 2 p.m. on Saturday.