Mercer vs. Chattanooga
Southern Conference Tournament championship.
1 p.m., Sunday.
Asheville, North Carolina.
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Records: Mercer 24-7, Chattanooga 23-7.
Tournament seeds: Mercer No. 1, Chattanooga No. 2.
Starting lineups: Mercer (Sydni Means, Soph., G; Kahlia Lawrence, Soph., Linnea Rosendal, Fr., G; Amanda Thompson, Fr., G/F; Rachel Selph, Fr., C); Chattanooga (Alicia Payne, Sr., G; Jasmine Joyner, Jr., C; Queen Alford, Jr., G; Keiana Gilbert, Soph., G; Aryanna Gilbert, Soph., G).
Season series: 1-1; Mercer 67-44, Chattanooga 66-44.
How they got to semifinals: Mercer defeated UNC Greensboro 75-53, Furman 64-50; Chattanooga defeated Western Carolina 74-56, Samford 49-41.
Winner gets: Southern Conference's NCAA Tournament automatic bid (loser is headed to Women's NIT).
Outlook: Mercer is led by Lawrence, who was the Southern Conference Player of the Year. She had 24 points in Mercer's win over Chattanooga but only eight in Chattanooga's win. ... Point guard Sydni Means has had two strong games in the Bears' run to the tournament championship game, including a career-high 25 points in the semifinals. ... Chattanooga has won the tournament the past three years, and Payne has not lost a game in Asheville.