Susie Gardner said her Mercer women’s basketball team didn’t play with the same passion Tuesday that it displayed Sunday in its win at Alabama.
The numbers backed up that statement.
The Bears fell to 6-4 on the season with a 76-56 loss to Kennesaw State on Tuesday, and all the hustle plays seemingly went the Owls’ way.
“The biggest fear for a coach is to come off a big win like we had Sunday and have a quick turnaround like this,” Gardner said. “The real disappointment is that they got every loose ball, every rebound, and we just couldn’t get things going. For whatever reason, we just weren’t in sync.”
Kennesaw State (8-2) had a lot to do with that as it snapped a four-game losing streak in the series.
The Owls shot 53.1 percent from the floor (26-of-49) while the Bears shot just 30.9 percent (21-of-68). Kennesaw State outrebounded Mercer 42-32 and dominated play in the second half, holding a 42-25 edge in the final 20 minutes after leading by just three at halftime.
The Owls only played six players, and four of the five starters scored in double figures. Deandrea Sawyers and Kristina Wells led the way with 19 points each, while Breonna Mosely had 17 and Jasmine McAllister had 14.
Precious Bridges led the Bears with 20 points and six assists but shot just 8-of-26 from the floor while Alicia Williams had 15 points and 11 rebounds and Kahlia Lawrence had 10 points.
“It really hurts,” Bridges said. “To come off that high from the way we played Sunday to play like this, I’m just really sick to my stomach right now.”
The Bears return to action at 5 p.m. on Friday when they host Belmont.