Merce women's basketball escapes Furman for 18th straight win

KeKe Calloway finished with 12 points in Mercer's 65-53 win over Furman/(Cam Gaskins, WGXA)

MACON, Ga. -- Despite a poor night shooting the ball, the Mercer Bears were able to put together their 19th double-digit win of the season, beating the Furman Paladins 65-53 in Hawkins Arena tonight.

Mercer improves to 21-2 on the season, and remain unbeaten in Southern Conference play with an 8-0 record.

This pushes the Bears' winning streak to 18 straight games, and they are now unbeaten in three different months since last losing in November.

Mercer didn't have its best night shooting the ball, the team only shot 41.5 percent from the field, which is below the season average.

Head coach Susie Gardner was still pleased with her team's ability to figure out how to win with a sub-par offense.

“When you are not shooting the basketball well, you have to be in control of your defense," Gardner said. "I really thought that Sydni (Means) set the tone at the point guard position, pressuring their guards."

Sydni Means gave everyone on the bench and in the stands a scare in the second quarter. While pivoting during a transition run, she collapsed on her left leg and seemed to be in a great deal of pain. Fortunately, she was able to return in the second half and finish the rest of the game uninhibited.

Mercer's next game is Saturday at home when the Bears welcome Wofford at 4:30 p.m., looking for win number 19 in a row.

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