Women's basketball road to the SoCon tournament

Justin Baxley

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The Lady Bears begin the road to the SoCon tournament. They are 12-11 overall and 4-3 in Southern Conference play. The Lady Bears started out the season strong with a good record out of conference and with big victories victories over University of Alabama and St. Louis University.

They carried that momentum over to the conference schedule, as they scored three straight victories in the conference. The team dropped three SoCon games, but they still sit in prime position to make a run through the conference tournament if they can regain their early season form.

The Lady Bears knocked off Samford this week on the road behind Alicia William’s 20-point performance, including going 3-3 from behind the three-point arc. This moved Mercer into a tie with Samford for third in the conference.

The Lady Bears’ next game will kick off a two-game home stand. UNCG, who has yet to win a game in conference and is a team that Mercer beat on the road by one point earlier in the season, will be their first opponent. They will look to avoid an upset in order to keep pace with the other teams in the SoCon. The second game will be against the Western Carolina Catamount team that Mercer beat by double digits on the road.

The Lady Bears will then hit the road and take on the Furman University Paladins. The last time these two teams played, it ended in a heartbreaking loss for Mercer. The Lady Bears will look to avenge that earlier loss and put some distance between them and Furman in the standings.

Next on the road trip is the Wofford Terriers, a team that Mercer routed in their first meeting by 29 points. Kahlia Lawrence will look to have another stand out game against Wofford after tallying a double-double against them earlier in the season.

In the last road game of the season, Mercer will take on ETSU. The Lady Bears lost the first meeting 72-70 in one of the more thrilling games of the season, as Precious Bridges missed a game-tying shot at the buzzer. Bridges will look to lead the Bears past them this time.

The last two games will be held at home in the friendly confines of Hawkins Arena. Chattanooga is not only the top team in the conference, but also one of the top teams in the nation. The Lady Bears will look to improve after losing by double digits the first time around.

The season ends against Samford and could be the most vital to seeding for the SoCon tournament, as they are tied now. Mercer will attempt to finish the season sweep of the Bulldogs and hopefully claim one of the top three seeds in the conference.

As of now, the Lady Bears are one of the top teams in the conference and shocked many with how well they have played to this point. They will look to build on the tremendous of their leading scorers, senior guard Precious Bridges and freshman Kahlia Lawrence, as they will look to make some noise on the road to the Southern Conference tournament.ASWG5-1788_cmyk(1)

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