Mercer vs. Furman
Southern Conference Tournament semifinals.
11 a.m., Friday.
Asheville, North Carolina.
Records: Mercer 23-7, Furman 15-15.
Tournament seeds: Mercer No. 1, Furman No. 5.
Starting lineups: Furman (Whitney Bunn, Jr., G; Kelsey Ellis, Sr., G; Cierra Carter, Soph., F; Holli Wilkins, Sr., F; Kaitlyn Duncan, Fr., F); Mercer (Sydni Means, Soph., G; Kahlia Lawrence, Soph., Linnea Rosendal, Fr., G; Amanda Thompson, Fr., G/F; Rachel Selph, Fr., C).
Season series: Mercer 2-0; 61-50 and 64-62.
How they got to semifinals: Mercer defeated UNC Greensboro 75-53; Furman defeated East Tennessee State 71-68.
Winner gets: Winner of Chattanooga-Samford at 1 p.m. on Sunday in the tournament championship game.
Outlook: Mercer is led by Lawrence, the Southern Conference Player of the Year, but when Lawrence struggled Thursday and battled foul trouble against UNC Greensboro, the Bears showed their depth. Freshman KeKe Calloway stepped up with 22 points and five 3-pointers off the bench, and Means had a strong all-around game from the point. ... Furman has a diverse attack, led by Bunn, but she has plenty of help from Holli Wilkins, Carter and Ellis. ... Lawrence had two strong games against Furman during the regular season, scoring 26 points in January and 34 points in the final regular-season game of the season. The second game included Lawrence's 1,000th career point and her game-winning shot with about 10 seconds left to clinch the No. 1 seed for the Bears and a co-regular season championship with Chattanooga.