Georgia Southern falls to undefeated Mercer

Senior forward Sierra Butler did not play against Mercer on Thursday.

Andrew Weimer

With a 72-45 loss to Mercer on Thursday, the Georgia Southern women’s basketball team falls to an overall 1-2 on the season.  

First Half

The first half of the game was up and down for the Eagles, as the Bears started off the game on a 16-2 run.  Following the end of the first quarter, GS trailed Mercer 27-10.  However, the second quarter turned into a defensive battle, with the Bears only scoring 5 points on a strong Eagles defense.  At the end of the first half, Mercer led 32-21.

Second Half

In the second half, the Eagles defense could not repeat their outstanding defense.  In the third quarter, the Bears outscored the Eagles 27-7.  However, GS was able to outscore Mercer in the fourth quarter 17-13, resulting in a 27 point loss.

Overall stats

Sophomore, Nakol Franks, was the Eagles’ leading scorer with 9 points, adding 5 rebounds to her total.  Senior, Alexis Foulks, and Junior, Rhein Beamon, led the team in rebounding with 6 each.

Overall, Mercer dominated the game, shooting 43.8 percent from the field, forcing 24 turnovers, and shooting 90 percent from the free-throw line.  The Eagles did hold their own in rebounding, coming down with 37 total rebounds, only one less than the Mercer squad.

GS will have to put this loss behind them and prepare for their next matchup against the University of Alabama.  This home game will take place on Sunday at 2 p.m. in the Hanner Fieldhouse.