GREENVILLE, S.C. -- After a short break for Thanksgiving, the Furman Paladins women's basketball team will return to action on Saturday when it entertains the Mercer Bears in a 2:00 p.m. game at YP.com Court at Timmons Arena.
The contest will be live streamed and broadcast online by StretchAudio through Furman All-Access at www.furmanpaladins.com, with Bryant Lambert on the call. Live stats will be provided through www.furmanpaladins.com and in-game twitter updates via twitter.com/FurmanPaladins
Saturday's contest, like all Furman home games this season, will afford fans the opportunity to get their fill at the concession stand through the All-Inclusive "IT" Ticket. By purchasing a $70 season ticket or single game tickets for $7 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under, fans will be entitled to pick up four items for free on each trip to the concession stand, including Pizza Hut pizza, soda, hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, popcorn, and nachos.
Furman's clash with Mercer will mark one of only two home games for the Paladins between now and Jan. 6 — a stretch that will see Furman play six away contests. The Paladins and Bears last met on the hardwood two years ago in Macon in a game the Paladins won, 63-47. That victory was also the first of head coach Jackie Carson's career.
The Bears hold a 4-2 all-time series lead, however, and tripped up Furman, 75-62, the last time the two programs faced off in Timmons Arena (2009-10).
Mercer (3-1) come to Greenville following a 93-36 drubbing at the hands of nationally fifth-ranked Notre Dame on Tuesday. One of the Bears' three wins was a 96-90 road triumph over Troy on Nov. 14, four days prior to the Paladins' 118-96 loss to the Trojans on the same court.
The Bears sport four players with double figure scoring averages, led by sophomore guard Precious Bridges (15.0 ppg), who scored 25 in the win over Troy.
Furman will counter with senior guard Teshia Griswold (20.3 ppg), who poured in a career high 25 points against Troy, and Sarah Durdaller, a sophomore forward who followed up her own career high 25-point outing against High Point with a 21-point display versus Troy.