The Mercer women’s basketball team opened the 2017-2018 season with weekend wins over the University of Central Florida and Florida Atlantic University.
Mercer traveled to Orlando Friday to take on UCF in the season opener. The Bears won 73-64 with Kahlia Lawrence leading the way on offense and defense with 26 points and four steals. Syndi Means collected her first double-double of the season tallying 16 points and 12 assists.
It wasn’t all good news for the Bears as they equaled assists and turnovers at 17. Mercer also finished the game with about half as many rebounds as the Knights, losing the rebound battle 40 to 23.
On Sunday the Bears went to Boca Raton to face off against FAU, where they won 66-55. Lawrence and Keke Calloway lead the way with 17 points each, followed by Means with 14 and 10 from Amanda Thompson.
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The Bears put out a strong defensive effort against the Owls, holding them to 5-20 on three-pointers and forcing 24 turnovers, but Mercer again held a assist-to-turnover ratio of 1 with the team tallying 13 of each. Nine of the 24 turnovers committed by the Owls were steals, five from Means and four each for Lawrence and Thompson.
Up next for the Bears is their home opener at Hawkins Arena at 7 p.m. Thursday when they take on Georgia Southern. The Eagles are 0-1 and will be coming in three days after their second game Monday against Coastal Georgia.
Mercer men split opening weekend
The Bears lost their season opener against the University of Central Florida 88-79 in Orlando but turned things around to win the first basketball game of the season at home in Hawkins Arena.
The Bears faced off against Toccoa Falls and beat them 110-43.
The Bears will host Jackson State in Hawkins Arena Tuesday night before heading to Lynchburg, Virginia for the 2017 U.S VIrgin Islands Paradise Jam that starts Nov. 17.