Kahlia Lawrence scored a career-high 26 points to lead the Mercer women’s basketball team to a 63-51 win over Wofford on Monday night at Benjamin Johnson Arena in Spartanburg, S.C.
It marked the freshman’s fifth 20-point performance of the season, all of which have occurred in Southern Conference play. It was also her second straight career night.
Precious Bridges tallied added 12 points and five rebounds, Alicia Williams 11 points. Teanna Robinson had nine rebounds and three blocks.
The Bears improved to 16-11 overall and 8-3 in conference play, while Wofford moved to 7-19 and 2-9.
“We escaped this game with a win,” Mercer head coach Susie Gardner said. “I give a lot of credit to Wofford. They came out with a lot more intensity and outrebounded us after we outrebounded them by 20-plus last game. Thankfully, Kahlia came out and played exceptionally for us.
“This was a tough road win, but that’s how conference games are sometimes.”
Wofford took its first lead of second half off a jumper from Ashton Fleming with 14:34 remaining. Bridges answered with four straight points to put Mercer back on top, 40-37.
The Bears maintained the lead, but were unable to increase it.
Wofford then tied the game at 47 with 6:49 left. Mercer regaining the lead at 13:21 and led by up to four points until 8:30 remained.
The Bears then went on a 16-4 run to close out the game.
Mercer connected on 38.2 percent of its shots, while Wofford hit 34.4 percent. The Terriers outrebounded the Bears 41-38, but Mercer had six fewer turnovers.
Both teams started slow, the Bears not scoring until Briana Williams’ 3-pointer with 16:38 left in the half.
The Terriers led 20-12 with 7:49 to go, but the Bears then embarked on a 12-2 run en route to a 26-25 halftime lead.
The Bears play their final road game of the season Saturday at East Tennessee State.