Mercer women looking ahead after loss

Video: Mercer head coach Susie Gardner discusses her team

The Mercer women's basketball team hosts Wofford on Thursday and Furman on Saturday.
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The Mercer women's basketball team hosts Wofford on Thursday and Furman on Saturday.

Susie Gardner wasn't going to let her Mercer women's basketball team worry about its loss to Chattanooga for too long.

In fact, she wanted the players to put it behind them in the locker room right after the game.

That stay-in-the-moment focus has served the Bears well this season, and Gardner is looking for that to continue Thursday against Wofford and then Saturday against Furman.

"In Chattanooga in the locker room, I was very calm and said, 'You know what, it's over. Let's don't dwell on it,' " Gardner said. "We didn't watch film on it. We didn't really discuss it. We had Sunday off, came back in Monday and started talking about Wofford. We kind of pushed it to the side. There wasn't much we could have learned out of that game anyway, I don't think."

Mercer snapped Chattanooga's 52-game Southern Conference winning streak last month, but the Moccasins got some revenge Saturday.

That loss dropped Mercer to 20-7 overall and 10-2 in conference play, while Chattanooga improved to 20-7 and 11-2.

Mercer is still in good shape to clinch the No. 1 seed for the conference tournament, which will be held next week in Asheville, North Carolina.

"It actually started after the loss," sophomore Kahlia Lawrence said. "We took it, look back on it now, go through some film, work on what we messed up on and just get ready for the next opponent."

The Bears beat Wofford and Furman last month and finished the regular season with a 9-3 road record, and they are 10-3 at home.

"It's been an amazing year. At the beginning of the year, there's no way I could have scripted how this season might go, and certainly it's not over yet," Gardner said. "But at the same time, it's been a fun year. We've got two very important games coming up, the first one being Wofford on Thursday.

"Hopefully the city of Macon, the fans that have all told me throughout the course of the year how much fun we are to watch will come and actually fill the stands up and help us with the home-court advantage these next couple of games."

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