Briana Williams and Alicia Williams combined for 44 points as the Mercer women’s basketball team erased a 12-point second-half deficit Thursday only to come up short in a 76-75 loss to UNC Asheville.
With 5:20 remaining, UNC Asheville led 71-59 when Mercer junior Ry’van Buchanan hit a jumper to start a 16-3 Mercer run. The run was capped by a Briana Williams 3-pointer that gave Mercer a 75-74 lead with 2:21 to play.
But UNC Asheville regained the lead, and in the closing seconds, freshman Precious Bridges beat a defender and stopped for a pull-up jumper, which was off the mark. Sharmesia Smith grabbed the rebound and got off a buzzer-beating layup, but her shot was off the mark.
“The game shouldn’t have come to a last-second play,” Mercer head coach Susie Gardner said. “We were up early, but after we got down, we fought back. This was another learning experience. We continue to learn the hard way.”
UNC Asheville improved to 3-7 on the season while Mercer dropped to 3-8.