The Georgia women’s basketball team picked up its first NCAA Tournament win under coach Joni Taylor on Saturday, as the Bulldogs held on to take down a tough Mercer team, 68-63.
The Bulldogs were playing at home as they are the hosts for the regional, but a number of Mercer fans made the trip up from Macon for the game.
Georgia was able to get the win despite only getting scoring contributions from 6 players. Georgia was led by Caliya Robinson who finished with 29 points and 16 rebounds. The Bulldogs also got a double double from senior Mackenzie Engram who finished with 21 points and 10 rebounds. Freshman Que Morrison added 10 points as well.
Mercer was led by Kahlia Lawrence who finished with 23 points.
It was a tight game throughout, as every time Georgia tried to pull away in the third quarter, Mercer went on a run to keep it close. While Mercer did cut Georgia’s lead to 1 in the fourth quarter, the Bulldogs never surrender the lead in the final quarter and held on for the win.
This is the second time in Taylor’s tenure that the Bulldogs have made the NCAA Tournament, but Georgia lost in the first round of the 2016 NCAA Tournament. This is Taylor’s third year at Georgia. The Bulldogs are now 26-6 on the season, while Mercer ends its season with a 30-3 record.
With the win, Georgia advances to the second round of the 2018 Women’s NCAA Tournament, where it will take on Duke. The Blue Devils beat Belmont in the first game of the day.