The Bears traveled to Greensboro, North Carolina where they were upset 59-48 by the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Jalyn McCreary led the team in points with 11, and Jah Quinones led in rebounds with 11 (five offensive and six defensive).
They kept the score close throughout the first half, but the Spartans started pulling away in the second. With 6:39 left in the game, Shawn Walker Jr. tied the game 44-44, but UNCG pulled off a five-possession scoring streak to win the game.
The loss put the Bears at a 9-12 overall record and 2-6 in conference play. They will face Eastern Tennessee State University at home on Wednesday, Jan. 25 at 7 p.m.
The Bears were topped by Kennesaw State University, 6-1, on Jan. 16. Samuel MacLeod ‘24 won the Bears their solitary point on the day, beating Hugo Salmeron of KSU, 4-6, 6-2, 6-1.
They will face off against Alabama A&M University on Jan. 28 at home.
Mercer dropped their season-opener to Kennesaw State University (KSU) on Jan. 16, losing 4-3. The Bears bested the Owls in the doubles matches, winning two of three to earn their first point of the day. In singles, the Bears picked up the first win by way of Marina Quinones ‘26, but then dropped the next four games to KSU.
Mercer dropped their second match of the young season to Florida State University, losing 7-0 on Jan. 22. The Seminoles won each set they played, putting the Bears behind early. Marina Quinones ‘26, playing on the fifth court, took four games in the first set from Florida State’s Millie Bissett.
The Bears will host Alabama A&M University on Jan. 28.
The Bears faced off against the Bulldogs of Samford University, beating their SoCon foes 70-63 on Jan. 21. Samford had been unbeaten in the SoCon and in their last six games overall, but now stand at 4-1 in the SoCon while the Bears are 3-2 in conference play.
Enjulina Gonzalez ‘26 had her second high-scoring game in a row, putting down 18 points in just her fifth start of the season. Summah Evans ‘24 and Erin Houpt ‘25 combined for the team’s six three-point shots, shooting 6-of-9 collectively. Ashlee Locke provided quality minutes off the bench with 11 points on 5-of-5 shooting from the field and 1-of-1 from the free throw line.
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.