Peach State Sports Blog

Mercer women win at Alabama

The Mercer women's basketball team claimed the program's first win over an SEC team since 1981 with a 46-39 win Sunday at Alabama.

The Bears improve to 5-3 this season.

Leading scorer Precious Bridges finished with 17 points while freshman Kahlia Lawrence added 13. Bridges also had seven rebounds.

Alicia Williams finished with seven points and seven rebounds, while Teanna Robinson had nine rebounds and four blocked shots, and Briana Williams had four points and 13 rebounds.

Mercer led 19-13 at the half and never surrendered the lead in the second half.

“Obviously this is a huge win for our program,” Mercer head coach Susie Gardner said. “I told Briana after the game that we’ve been talking for five years about making history at Mercer, and beating an SEC opponent on their court is a huge step for our program. We did a great job on the boards in the first half, especially Briana. She really went to work and did a great job rebounding. “It was a team effort (Sunday). Neither team shot the ball very well, so rebounding was a huge part of the game today. Down the stretch, we hit huge shots – Precious hit shots, Kahlia hit shots – and we huge offensive rebounds that kept the ball in our possession. I couldn’t be more proud of this team.”