MACON, Ga. (School Release)- The Mercer women's basketball team puts its seven-game winning streak on the line when it welcomes fellow Peach State member Kennesaw State into town on Saturday at 2 p.m. at Hawkins Arena.
Mercer's (13-7, 7-2 A-Sun) seven-game winning streak is tied for the 10th-longest active streak in the country and is the program's longest since ripping off eight in a row during the 2002-03 season.
The Bears have out-scored their opposition by an average of 12.5 points per game during their winning streak due mainly to the play of sophomore Precious Bridges, who has scored 15 or more points in seven-straight contests.
Scouting the Opposition
Kennesaw State (5-16, 1-8 A-Sun) enters play on Saturday afternoon having picked up its first A-Sun Conference win and ending a nine-game losing streak thanks to a 55-39 victory at Lipscomb on Jan. 28. Under first-year head coach Nitra Perry, the Owls have struggled this season offensively, ranking ninth in the A-Sun averaging 52.7 points per game and last in the league with a .341 field goal percentage. Mercer was victorious in the first meeting between the two schools, 71-46, in Kennesaw on Jan. 5. Junior Kendra Grant and sophomore Precious Bridges had 16 points apiece to lead the Bears to the road win. Senior Sametria Gideon leads Kennesaw State with 11.1 points per game and an A-Sun Conference leading 10.5 rebounds per contest.
Last Time Out
HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. - The Mercer women's basketball team placed three players in double figures to extend its winning streak to seven games with a 77-67 road victory over Northern Kentucky on Monday evening at The Bank of Kentucky Center. Mercer's seven-game winning streak is its longest since ripping off eight in a row during the 2002-03 season while its five-straight road wins are tied for the most since 1985. Sophomore Precious Bridges scored a team-high 20 points, including 16 in the second half, to extend her personal streak of 20 or more points up to six-straight contests. Junior Kendra Grant poured in 19 points while sophomore Alicia Williams chipped in with 14 points, on 6-for-11 shooting from the field.
- In her 14th season as a head coach, Susie Gardner is just three wins away from 200 for her career. Owner of a 197-204 career record, Gardner's third season at Mercer is turning into one of the programs best campaigns in recent memory. The Bears seven-game jump from six wins in 2011-12 to 13 wins this season is tied with Stony Brook for the second-biggest turnaround in the country, trailing only Bucknell of the Patriot League who has an eight-win improvement from last season.