Senior point guard Sharnea Boykin used her first career double-double to lift the Mercer women's basketball team to a 86-81 win over Troy on Tuesday evening at Hawkins Arena.
In total, a season-high five players scored in double-figures for Mercer (2-2) led by Junior Precious Bridges' game-high 25 points.
Boykin was the story of the night, however, as she scored a career-high 12 points on 4-of-5 shooting from the field to go along with 10 assists to complete her double-double.
Bridges and Boykin were joined in double-figures by junior Alicia Williams (18 points), senior Kendra Grant (14 points) and junior Briana Williams (13 points).
Mercer got off to a quick start, using a jumper by Bridges to take an 8-2 lead with 17:16 left in the first half.
The Bears hot early shooting continued as the half progressed, with Briana Williams canning a three-pointer from the corner to make the score 17-5 Mercer with 13:25 to go in the first half.
Troy started to get into a rhythm offensively after a fast break jumper by Ronita Garrett pulled the Trojans within five, at 23-18, with 8:13 remaining in the first half.
The lead for Mercer would stay at five going into intermission as Grant drained a baseline jumper at the buzzer to make the score 39-34 at half.
The Bears continued to flourish offensively as four-straight points by Boykin pushed Mercer's lead up to 10, 51-41, with 16:02 left in the second half.
An old-fashion three-point play by senior Joanna Harden kept Troy within striking distance though, at 53-47, with 14:50 to go in the second half.
Mercer eventually started to pull away from the Trojans, employing an 8-2 run capped by a double-clutch lay-in by Briana Williams to make the score 61-49 with 12:01 left in the second half.
That cushion proved to be just enough of an edge for Mercer, as the Bears lead never dipped below three points the rest of the way.
As a team, Mercer shot 44 percent from the field and a season-high 93 percent (25-of-27) from the free throw line in the win.
Mercer continues a two-game homestand when it welcomes Furman into town on November 24. Game time is scheduled for 2 p.m. at Hawkins Arena.
Press release courtesy of Mercer Athletics