Mercer women cruise past Wofford, 80-51
Lawrence tallied a career-high 20 points and added 10 rebounds, while Alex Williams recorded a career-high 18 points and a career-high-tying 11 rebounds. The performances marked Lawrence’s second double-double of the year and Alex Williams’ first.
Precious Bridges also collected 20 points and eight rebounds while leading the Bears with six assists and four steals. Briana Williams was Mercer’s fourth double-digit scorer with 10 points, and she added three rebounds, two assists, two blocks and a steal.
Kayla Potts also scored a career-high four points in seven minutes and Madi Mitchell contributed four points and a rebound. Alicia Williams tallied four points, five rebounds and an assist, and Teanna Robinson had five rebounds, an assist and a steal.
Bridges recorded her 12th 20-point game of the season, while Lawrence reached 20 points for the first time in her career.
“The first statistic that jumps out at me is our rebounding margin,” said Head Coach Susie Gardner. “We really emphasized boxing out and rebounding this week, so I’m really pleased with that. Obviously, we had some superlatives and Kahlia (Lawrence) and Alex (Williams) both had double-doubles, so that’s outstanding. I thought it was a great team effort and it’s a good win for us.”
Mercer (11-8, 3-0 SoCon) opened conference play with a 3-0 record for the first time since the 1991-92 season. Wofford (4-13, 0-3 SoCon) was led by Jordan Frazier and Michelle Merritt, both with 10 points.
The teams traded baskets for the first 5:17 of the second stanza before Mercer used an 8-0 run lasting 2:27 to stretch its lead to 21 points, 55-34. The Bears’ advantage only dipped below 20 points once, 58-39, for the rest of the game.
Mercer’s largest lead of the game was 32 points, lastly at 78-46 with just 1:12 remaining.
Overall, Mercer shot a blistering 48.4 percent from the field, including 42.9 percent from behind the three-point line. The Bears also outrebounded Wofford, 47-24, and scored 27 second chance points. Mercer also won the turnover battle, 9-14, and dished out a season-high-tying 20 assists.
The Bears took the lead early and never looked back, allowing just one tie, 2-2, with only 46 seconds off the clock. After working its way to a double-digit lead, 14-4 with 12:05 left in the first half, Mercer continued to lead by double figures for the remainder of the half.
Mercer’s largest lead of the period was 18 points, which occurred three times, most recently at 38-20 with just 1:47 left before intermission.
Bridges led Mercer in the first half with 12 points and Lawrence came close to a double-double with nine points and eight rebounds. Briana Williams scored seven, while Alex Williams added six points and four rebounds off the bench.
Mercer shot 48.4 percent from the field, including 50 percent from beyond the arc, while Wofford was held to a 32.1 field goal percentage and did not make a three-pointer. The Bears also outrebounded the Terriers, 22-15, and led in second chance points, 10-6.
The Bears will continue league play on Monday, Jan. 19, when they welcome Furman to Hawkins Arena. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.