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Mercer tops George Washington 61-44
Courtesy: Southern Conference
Release: 12/06/2017
Mercer's Sydni Means
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MACON, Ga. – Sydni Means' double-double and Amanda Thompson's career-high 14 points guided the red-hot Bears to their fourth-consecutive win, this time over George Washington by the final score of 61-44. With the win, Mercer improves to 7-2, while the Colonials fall to 3-6.
 
STAT OF THE GAME
Mercer pulled down 41 rebounds for the second consecutive game, tying a season-high mark set on Sunday against Davidson. The Bears outrebounded the Colonials, 41-35.
 
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Sydni Means proved to be tonight's player of the game for the Bears. Means recorded her second double-double of the season and fifth overall in her decorative career. The Georgia native dished out 11 assists, while pulling down 10 rebounds. Means also chipped in seven points, falling just three points shy of the third triple-double in program history.
 
HOW IT HAPPENED
Mercer jumped out to a convincing 16-0 advantage in the first 7:20 of the game before George Washington netted its first basket of the contest. The Bears did not look back, claiming the 22-5 lead after the opening frame. KeKe Calloway and Kayla Potts combined for 15 points including knocking down three combined shots from beyond the arc.
 
The Bears outscored George Washington, 13-12, in the second quarter to extend their lead to 35-17 at halftime. Thompson notched seven of Mercer's 13 points in the second quarter to provide the Bears with the 18-point cushion.
 
The third quarter kept with the story of the game as it was all Mercer. The Bears held the Colonials to just five points in the quarter for the second time tonight, outscoring George Washington 15-5. A jumper by Rachel Selph with 3:38 remaining in the quarter notched Mercer's largest lead of the game at 33 points.
 
The Bears utilized their bench in the final quarter of play to mark the third game this season that all 12 players have seen the floor. Mercer yielded the final quarter to the Colonials, 22-11, walking away with the 61-44 victory. Linnea Rosendal knocked down a pair of triples, while Ally Welch chipped in three more points for the Mercer offense.
 
NOTABLES
» Mercer claims the first-ever meeting between the two programs, improving to 7-2 on the season.
» Means recorded her fifth career double-double and second of the season, doing so with 11 assists and 10 rebounds.
» Thompson netted a career-high 14 points on 6-of-8 shooting from the field, while grabbing seven rebounds.
» Head Coach Susie Gardner inches closer to career win number 300, earning win number 297 tonight.
» KeKe Calloway finished with a game-high 15 points, leading the Bears in scoring for the fifth time this season.
» Kayla Potts provided yet another spark for the Bears, finishing with seven points and five rebounds.
 
COACH'S CORNER
On the defensive intensity
"Our defense helped us win a tough game at Campbell and I thought we played well defensively against Davidson. Tonight, our defense started pretty stout. They only scored five points in the first and third quarters. I was really pleased with our efforts tonight."
 
On the play of Amanda and Sydni
"Amanda really worked on her shot over the summer and her shots are falling more consistently. We know Amanda is going to get rebounds and hustle for loose balls. Then you have Sydni who had nine assists at halftime and she has been shooting the ball well. She doesn't look to shoot and we don't need her to look to shoot. However, you don't win too many games without a player like Sydni."
 
RECORDS UPDATE
» Mercer: 7-2
» George Washington: 3-6
 
NEXT GAME
» Mercer at UNC Asheville on Sunday, Dec. 10 at 1 p.m. at Kimmel Arena in Asheville, N.C.



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