The women’s basketball team finished their regular season with a 64-55 win over Samford on Saturday in Birmingham, Alabama.
The Bears started the game strong with a 10-0 run in the first three minutes of the game. They kept the momentum throughout the first and second quarters and went into the half with a 36-28 lead over the Bulldogs. With 20 points from Shannon Titus along with five rebounds and three assists, Mercer pulled away with another win and ended the regular season with a 20-6 record.
The team will enter the Southern Conference tournament as the No. 1 seed and will play the No. 8 seed, Western Carolina University, on Thursday in Ashville, North Carolina.
The men’s basketball team played their last home game of the season Feb. 23 against The Citadel, losing 67-71.
The first half went back and forth with both teams scoring consistently, but the Bulldogs were up 37-30 at the half. Early in the second half, the Bears were down by ten points but managed to tie the game with 12:21 to go. They took a two-point lead less than a minute later but had to fight to keep it. After six unanswered points for The Citadel, Mercer was down 64-71 and would never recover, losing 67-71.
The Bears then traveled to Spartanburg, South Carolina on Saturday and lost to Wofford 67-74 to end the regular season.
Mercer was looking strong at the end of the first half, holding a 34-25 lead over Wofford. In the beginning of the second half, however, the Terriers went on a 10-0 point run to take the lead. The Bears managed to catch up, but after two 3-pointers from the Terriers, Mercer lost the momentum. The Bears tied the score late in the second half with a dunk from James Glisson lll, but would still fall to Wofford, 67-74.
The Bears are going into the SoCon tournament as the No. 7 seed and will play No. 10 seed, Western Carolina, on Mar. 4 in Asheville, North Carolina.