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Mercer Welcomes ETSU to Hawkins Arena, Monday

MACON, Ga. (School Release) - The Mercer women's basketball team looks to keep things rolling when it hosts East Tennessee State on Monday afternoon at 2 p.m. at Hawkins Arena.

Monday's game will also serve as Kids Day, allowing all fans ages 12 and under to receive free admission into the contest.

Mercer (10-7, 4-2 A-Sun) is currently on a four-game winning streak, for the first time since 2009, and is in search of its first five-game winning streak since the 2006-07 season.

Scouting the Opposition

ETSU (4-9, 2-4 A-Sun) comes into Monday's action sitting in seventh place in the A-Sun Conference standings after most recently notching a 61-59 comeback road win over Kennesaw State on Jan. 19. The Buccaneers lead the A-Sun in rebounds per game (42.1) and blocks per game (4.4), but rank last in the league by allowing 76.7 points per game defensively. A-Sun Preseason All-Conference selection Destiny Mitchell paces the ETSU attack with 12.3 points per game, on 49 percent shooting from the field, and 8.6 rebounds per game.

Last Time Out

 The Mercer women's basketball team has now won four games in a row for the first time since 2009 following a 72-55 triumph over USC Upstate on Jan. 19 at Hawkins Arena. Mercer is now tied with the 2005-06 squad for the best 17-game start to a season since starting 12-5 back in 1991. Sophomore Precious Bridges led all scorers with 23 points, on 11-of-24 shooting from the field, for her seventh 20-plus scoring effort of the season. Classmate Alicia Williams also had a solid day, tallying a season-high 15 points on 5-of-8 shooting for the game. Williams capped off a great first half when she drained a three-pointer with just five seconds left in the period to send Mercer into halftime with a commanding 37-16 advantage. The Orange and Black held steady the rest of the way, as USC Upstate never got closer than 17 points until the final buzzer sounded.

Fast Facts

- Mercer's offensive production has picked up of late helping the squad during its current winning streak. The Bears are averaging 67.8 points per game over their last four contests, compared to just 53.4 points per game over their first 13 games of the 2012-13 season.



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