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Mercer history made: Lady Bears win SoCon championship

Mercer history made: Lady Bears win SoCon championship

Christian Hartley, Staff Writer

March 4, 2018


Filed under Basketball, Showcase, Sports

Just under a year ago, the Bears lost a heartbreaker in the SoCon title game to Chattanooga. It was the second year in a row Mercer had come up just short. “I remember all the emotions, the awful emotions, the angst of losing,” head coach Susie Gardner said. Bears guard Sydni Means said last ye...

Men’s basketball falls in SoCon quarterfinals to Wofford

Men’s basketball falls in SoCon quarterfinals to Wofford

Christian Hartley, Staff Writer

March 3, 2018


Filed under Basketball, Sports

One of the hardest things to do in all of sports is to beat the same team three times in one season. The Bears found that out the hard way on Saturday afternoon. Mercer’s SoCon championship hopes came to a halt in the quarterfinals of the conference tournament, falling to the fifth seed Wofford Terrie...

Women’s basketball advances to SoCon Championship

Women’s basketball advances to SoCon Championship

Christian Hartley, Staff Writer

March 2, 2018


Filed under Basketball, Sports

For the second game in a row, Mercer led from start to finish, won by more than 30 points, and again, Mercer’s Kahlia Lawrence scored 23 points. Most importantly, Mercer women’s basketball is heading to the SoCon Championship game, after blowing out No. 5 seeded Samford, 81-44. Mercer’s defen...

The Ruling: Win and you’re in

The Ruling: Win and you’re in

Hayes Rule, Staff Writer

March 2, 2018


Filed under Basketball, Sports

The formula is pretty simple now for the Bears: Win, and you get to keep playing. The regular season doesn’t mean anything now. Mercer’s 18-13 record. The trials and tribulations. The ups. The downs. The injuries. The game winners. None of it matters. Win, and you’re in. The Bears wi...

Women’s basketball cruises into SoCon Semifinals

Women’s basketball cruises into SoCon Semifinals

Christian Hartley, Staff Writer

March 1, 2018


Filed under Basketball, Sports

The Mercer Women’s basketball team kicked off the 2018 SoCon Tournament with a 75-44 trouncing of No. 8 seed Western Carolina, tying a SoCon record in the process. The Bears won their 25th consecutive game, which tied Chattanooga for the most consecutive wins in conference history. The Bears sta...

Mercer hoards 2018 postseason awards

Mercer hoards 2018 postseason awards

Avery Braxton, Staff Writer

February 28, 2018


Filed under Basketball, Showcase, Sports

In a year stockpiled filled with accolades, Women’s Basketball senior Kahlia Lawrence was named the 2018 Southern Conference Player of the Year, highlighting a bevy of season awards for the Bears. This is Lawrence’s third consecutive year receiving the award, a SoCon first, and it comes on the heel...

Shoot Your Shot: Sweep Complete, Mercer claims third straight SoCon Regular Season Title

Shoot Your Shot: Sweep Complete, Mercer claims third straight SoCon Regular Season Title

Avery Braxton, Staff Writer

February 27, 2018


Filed under Basketball, Sports

No. 25 Mercer Women’s Basketball completed its sweep of the Southern Conference regular season last week with wins over rivals, University of Tennessee-Chattanooga and East Tennessee State University. The Bears (27-2,14-0) finished conference play undefeated, pushed their win streak to 24 games an...

Strawberry’s game winner lifts Bears over Terriers in season finale

Strawberry’s game winner lifts Bears over Terriers in season finale

Christian Hartley, Staff Writer

February 25, 2018


Filed under Basketball, Sports, Uncategorized

Wofford guard Trevor Stumpe pulled up for the jump shot with 15 seconds to go and drilled it, sinking the hearts of the Mercer faithful. Coach Hoffman called a timeout, attempting to draw up the perfect play to guide his team to victory. “We actually changed the play right before we threw the ball i...

Bears beat The Citadel on the road to continue streak

Bears beat The Citadel on the road to continue streak

Christian Hartley, Staff Writer

February 24, 2018


Filed under Basketball, Sports

For the third game in a row, it was the Mercer Bears’ offense that guided them to victory, at least in the second half. The two teams combined to shoot just 2-of-13 in the opening four minutes, with the Citadel clinging to a 4-2 lead. The next three minutes belonged to the Bears, with a 10-2 ru...

Shoot Your Shot: Three-Peat Complete

Shoot Your Shot: Three-Peat Complete

Avery Braxton, Staff Writer

February 21, 2018


Filed under Basketball, Sports, Sports Columns

Mercer Women’s Basketball (25-2, 12-0) has done it again, using their last three victories to secure their third consecutive Southern Conference regular season title. In the last week, they have defeated Samford University, Western Carolina University and University of North Carolina-Greensboro to...

Seniors lead the way on Senior Night to help keep Bears’ streak alive

Seniors lead the way on Senior Night to help keep Bears’ streak alive

Christian Hartley, Staff Writer

February 21, 2018


Filed under Basketball, Sports

For Mercer basketball’s six player senior class, tonight was a bittersweet moment as they played in their final home game as Bears. What better way to go out than by leading their team to victory in front of a packed house in Hawkins Arena? After the game, each of the seniors echoed the message of senior...

Strawberry and Cummings lead Mercer over UNCG for Mercer’s fifth straight victory

Strawberry and Cummings lead Mercer over UNCG for Mercer’s fifth straight victory

Christian Hartley, Staff Writer

February 17, 2018


Filed under Basketball, Sports

“Jordan Strawberry had the best game of his Mercer career tonight,” Coach Hoffman said about the play of his senior guard. “He’s had a lot of great games, but tonight was really special.” Strawberry scored 27 points, his highest total of the season, and went 11-of-11 from the free throw...

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