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Bears falter late to Georgia, lose first game of the season

Georgia's Gabby Connally (2) scored 11 points in the Bulldogs win over Mercer on Sunday afternoon. (Mason Prince, WGXA)

MACON, Ga. -- The Mercer women's basketball team hasn't beaten the University of Georgia since 1980, a 19-game winning streak that stretched to a 20-gamer on Sunday. Georgia beat Mercer 72-54 at Hawkins Arena in front of a crowd of 2,731.

Mercer jumped out to a 12-7 lead after one quarter of play, but a 25-point barrage by the Dawgs in the second quarter gave Georgia a 32-24 lead heading into the half, a lead they would not relinquish.

Kahlia Lawrence led all scorers with 19 points on 6-of-20 shooting while Sydni Means added seven points, seven assists and two steals in the loss. Georgia's Mackenzie Ingram dominated the game, scoring 14 points and grabbing seven boards.

Mercer (3-1) returns to action on Friday when they take on Western Kentucky in Atlanta for the Georgia State Thanksgiving Classic.

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