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Women's basketball bounces back from three tough losses with a big win at home

Summah Evans ’24 shot 3 of 7 and grabbed 8 rebounds against the University of South Alabama on Dec. 4.
Summah Evans ’24 shot 3 of 7 and grabbed 8 rebounds against the University of South Alabama on Dec. 4.

As the Mercer women's basketball team progresses through the season, they earned a big win against the University of South Alabama, but not without racking up some losses along the way.

The Bears took on Colorado State University in Las Vegas Nov. 25, but the final score didn’t fall their way, dropping the game 79-51.

The team struggled from deep, shooting 0-12 throughout the game. Mercer was led by Nigeria Harkless ‘25, shooting 3-6 from the field and 6-8 from the free throw line to tally 12 points from the bench. Graduate student Jaron Dougherty led the team in rebounds with 10 total.

To finish the tournament in Las Vegas, Mercer faced off against Texas Tech University on Nov. 26. Against the Raiders, the Bears fell 78-66.

The team started off hot, shooting 8-of-13 from the field including 3-of-4 from beyond the arc. However, both teams cooled down significantly in the second quarter, mustering only 17 points between the two in that time. Erin Houpt ‘25 led the scorers with 28 including going 12-12 on free throws. Summah Evans ‘24 was active on the defensive end, totaling three steals and two defensive rebounds.

On Nov. 30, Mercer took on the Alabama Crimson Tide, losing 88-52. The SEC giants played a full-court press on the Bears for much of the game, forcing 23 total turnovers with active hands and constant pressure. Graduate student Amoria Neal-Tysor led the team with 13 points on 6-of-16 shooting. Summah Evans ‘24 led the team in rebounds with seven, tallying 10 points in the process.

The Bears took on the Jaguars of the University of South Alabama, winning 64-46 on Dec. 4. The team was led by Amoria Neal-Tysor ‘23 who scored 22 points. Graduate student and Macon-native, Brittany Reeves, grabbed 11 boards, helping Mercer out-rebound South Alabama 46-31.

Gabriel Kopp

Gabriel Kopp '26 is majoring in Journalism and Law and Public Policy at Mercer University. He has written for The Cluster since he started at Mercer, and currently works as the Sports Editor. When he isn't studying, he enjoys going for runs and reading the New York Times.

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