MACON, Ga. (MERCER RELEASE) – The Mercer women's basketball team will look for its fourth-straight win Thursday evening, traveling to the River City to take on North Florida in the first of two weekend games to cap the regular season.
Date: Thu. March 6 | 7 p.m. EST
Teams: Mercer (15-12, 8-8 A-Sun) vs. North Florida (5-22, 1-15 A-Sun)
Location: Jacksonville, Fla. | UNF Arena (5,800)
Live Stats: UNFOspreys.com
North Florida leads the all-time series 10-8, but Mercer is looking to sweep the season series for a second-straight year after defeating the Ospreys 62-48 on Jan. 2 in Hawkins Arena.
Mercer has clinched a spot in the upcoming A-Sun Tournament and will enter the conference tournament in back-to-back seasons for the first time in the last five years. The Bears are tied with Jacksonville for the No. 4 seed, but the Dolphins hold the tiebreaker if both teams finish the season deadlocked.
Sharnea Boykin is just one assist away from taking over sole possession of second place on Mercer's all-time assist list and moving into fourth place on the league's assist record. She currently has 614 assists and ranks No. 10 in the country with 6.5 assists per contest.
Teanna Robinson made history March 1 against Kennesaw State when she recorded her 100th block of the season. She joined Stetson's Amber Porter as the duo both reached the century mark in blocks on the same day and became just the fifth and sixth players in league history to do so. College of Charleston's Denise Hogue holds the single-season record at 147 blocks during the 1991-92 season and Robinson needs just 11 blocks to record the second-most blocks in a season in conference history.
While her single-season block total continues to rise, Robinson ranks No. 5 in the country in blocks per game at 3.78. Her career-high in blocks came earlier this year with nine at No. 24 Georgia.
Last Time Out
The Mercer women's basketball team placed four players in double figures Saturday afternoon and used a key second-half run to roll past Kennesaw State 74-53 at the KSU Convocation Center in Atlantic Sun Conference action.
Scouting North Florida
North Florida (5-22, 1-15) enters Thursday's contest in last place in the Atlantic Sun Conference, but still in contention for the final spot in the upcoming conference tournament.
The Ospreys have lost 11-straight games and picked up their only A-Sun victory of the season against Lipscomb on Jan. 18. North Florida is currently a full game behind Lipscomb in the race for the last tournament spot.
UNF ranks last in the conference in points per game at 55.6, free throw percentage at .640 and field goal percentage at .364. The Ospreys are the only team in the league without a top-20 scorer, as Destinee Smith leads the team at 11.2 points per contest, the only UNF player averaging double figures.