Women's Basketball Falls at Mercer
Cummings double-doubles but Bears use big first half to top Colonials
MACON, Ga. - Senior Brianna Cummings made her return to her home state of Georgia and responded with her fourth career double-double, but it was not enough as Mercer used a big first half to defeat George Washington, 61-44, on Wednesday night at Hawkins Arena.
Cummings tallied her second double-double effort of the season by finishing with 15 points and 10 rebounds. The rest of the Colonials (3-6) had trouble finding the basket though, as the team shot at a season-low 26 percent (15-of-57) clip from the field.
Mercer (7-1) used a big first quarter, outscoring the Colonials 22-5 in the frame, en route to the victory. The Bears shot 9-of-16 from the field in the first 10 minutes, with a trio of threes, while the Colonials struggled to establish offensive momentum with a 2-for-15 effort from the floor.
The lead was extended to 35-17 at halftime and the advantage held up throughout the second half. For the game, the Bears shot 40 percent (24-of-60) from the field with six three-pointers.
The majority of Cummings' scoring came in the second half with the senior from Lawrenceville scoring 12 of her 15 points in the last two quarters. Her 10 rebounds ties her career high, which she has achieved five times in her career.
Cummings also finished a perfect 5-for-5 from the free-throw line, part of a 90 percent (9-of-10) team performance for GW. The Colonials had entered the game leading the Atlantic 10 at the stripe at 78 percent.
Junior Kelsi Mahoney finished with eight points and four rebounds while freshman Neila Luma tallied five points and six boards. Freshman Lexus Levy and senior Taylor Campbell each chipped in five points off the bench, part of an 22-16 advantage from the reserves for the visitors.
Mercer was led by KeKe Calloway's 15 points (5-of-10 FG) while while Amanda Thompson also finished in double figures with 14 points and seven rebounds. Cummings' high school teammate Sydni Means nearly triple-doubled, finishing with seven points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists.
GW will conclude a rough stretch of games on Friday night when it visits #14 Maryland at the Xfinity Center. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.
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