Siena takes over in the second half to down Mercer women

The Mercer women’s basketball team saw its postseason run come to an end with a difficult second half Wednesday night at Siena.

The Bears led by three points at halftime, but the Saints dominated the second half to pull away for a 65-54 win in the semifinals of the Women’s Basketball Invitational. Trailing 27-24 at halftime, Siena outscored Mercer 41-27 in the second half.

Mercer wraps up its season at 20-15. Siena (22-12) moves on to the championship game, where it will face the winner of Thursday’s Oral Roberts/Louisiana-Lafayette game.

Precious Bridges led the Bears with 19 points, hitting 6-of-15 shots from the floor while fellow senior Alicia Williams added 15 points on 6-of-12 shooting.

Mercer, however, shot only 38.2 percent from the floor, making 21-of-55, and had 18 turnovers.

Symone Kelly led Siena with 14 points, while Emia Willingham added 12.

The Bears never trailed in the first half and still led by five (37-32) through the first six minutes of the second half. But the Saints went on a 15-4 run to take control and grab a 47-41 lead with about six minutes to play.

It was a one-possession game from the 13:53 mark of the second half to the 8:01 mark.

Siena won despite shooting only 1-of-11 on 3-pointers to Mercer’s 5-of-12.

The Bears actually made one more field goal, but suffered a huge disadvantage at the free-throw line.

Siena was 24-of-31 to Mercer’s 7-of-12. Three Bears fouled out: Robinson, Kahlia Lawrence and Alex Williams. That trio teamed for 10 points.

The game ended the Mercer careers of Bridges, Alicia Williams, Robinson and Briana Williams.

Robinson had four points, nine rebounds while Williams had nine points and four rebounds.