Susie Gardner’s Mercer women’s basketball team responded to a three-game losing streak the right way -- flipping the script with a three-game winning streak.
But now the Bears face the team that started their three-game skid. Mercer travels to Furman on Saturday to open a three-game road trip.
The Paladins won the first meeting between the two teams 58-55.
“It was a tough loss for us, especially since it was at home,” Mercer senior Briana Williams said of the Jan. 19 loss. “We need to go and do the same thing to them, maybe by even more than three.”
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The Bears are 14-11 overall and 6-3 in Southern Conference play, tied with Samford in the conference standings. Furman is 15-10 and 4-5 and had won three straight games before losing to East Tennessee State on Monday.
“We’re playing well, but now we have to go play Furman, one of the teams that beat us,” Gardner said. “Our team is heading in the right direction at the right time. I like the way we’re playing.”
The road trip continues Monday at Wofford and then Feb. 21 at East Tennessee State. The Bears beat Wofford in their first meeting and lost to East Tennessee State.
“We usually prepare well for the teams the second time around,” Williams said. “Our coaches do a good job of getting us ready and letting us know the little tweaks and things we need to do to be ready for the opponent. That helps us a tremendous amount, especially because we have so many weapons on our team and when we’re all playing well like we are right now.”