Women’s Basketball Back on the Road to Challenge Lipscomb on Saturday
MACON, Ga. – The Mercer women's basketball team looks to extend its season-high five-game winning streak when it travels to Nashville to take on Lipscomb on January 26 at 5 p.m. at Allen Arena.
Mercer's (11-7, 5-2 A-Sun) five-game winning streak is the longest for the program since it won eight in a row back in the 2002-03 season. The Bears are also off to their best start after 18 games since going 13-5 to start the 1991-92 campaign.
Saturday afternoon's game can be watched on your computer on ESPN3 or heard live on Fox Sports 1670 AM with play-by-play coverage provided by "The Voice of the Bears", Rick Cameron.
Scouting the Opposition
Lipscomb (2-15, 1-6 A-Sun) enters Saturday evening's contest on a three-game losing streak after most recently dropping a 67-37 road decision to Florida Gulf Coast on Jan. 21. The Bisons are led by first year head coach Greg Brown, who came to Lipscomb after spending the last five seasons at UCF. The main problem for the Bisons this season is simply putting the ball in the basket, as they rank last in the A-Sun Conference averaging 50.2 points per game. Senior Hannah Phillips paces the Lipscomb attack with team-highs of 11.6 points per game and 5.5 rebounds per contest.
Last Time Out
MACON, Ga. - The Mercer women's basketball team used career efforts by sophomore Sharnea Boykin and junior Kendra Grant to grind out its fifth-straight win, 79-64, over East Tennessee State on Monday afternoon at Hawkins Arena. Mercer has now won five-straight games for the first time since the 2005-06 season and sits alone in third-place in the Atlantic Sun Conference standings as we approach the mid-way point of the league schedule. Boykin dished out a career-high 15 assists in the win, the most helpers in a single-game by anyone in the A-Sun Conference since Mercer's Courtney Ford also had 15 assists in a win over Charleston Southern in November of 2009. Grant was on the right end of a majority of those assists, tying her career-best with 24 points on 9-of-18 shooting from the field and a blistering 5-of-9 showing from three-point territory.
- Sophomore guard Precious Bridges was named the Atlantic Sun Conference Player of the Week for the second-straight week and the third time this season on January 22. Bridges now has the most A-Sun Player of the Week honors out of any player in the league, besting Stetson's Victoria McGowan and Florida Gulf Coast's Sarah Hansen who have each been selected twice.
- Junior guard Sharnea Boykin currently leads the A-Sun Conference and ranks 10th in the nation averaging 6.8 assists per game. Boykin has elevated her level of play in league action, tallying 9.1 assists per contest in the Bears seven A-Sun Conference contests.