KENNESAW, Ga. -- Sametria Gideon put up her second consecutive double-double performance, but the effort wasn't enough as the Kennesaw State women's basketball team fell in Atlantic Sun Conference action to in-state rival Mercer on Saturday night, 71-46.
Gideon (Madison, Ala./Bob Jones HS) earned her eighth double-double of the season, putting the senior in the top 10 nationally in that category, as she pulled down a game-high 14 rebounds with 11 points.
The Owls, now 4-11 on the season and 0-3 in the A-Sun, never led in the ballgame but did keep things close in the early goings, knotting the game at two each on a Chelsea Mason (Bellevue, Neb./Bellevue West HS) layup. Mercer, who evens its record to 7-7 overall and 1-2 in the conference, extended its lead to 13 with a 6-0 run midway through, but the Owls held strong, cutting what was a 13-point lead down to just eight with consecutive field goals from Mason and Ashley Holliday (Greenville, S.C./J.L. Mann Academy) to make it 19-11 Bears with 8:57 to go.
After allowing the Bears to jump back up by 14, the Owls went on a 6-0 run to close the gap to eight before ultimately sending the game into the half down just nine points, 33-24.
Coming out of the break it was all Mercer as the Bears went up by 16 on a 7-0 run out of the gates, never relinquishing less than a 13-point lead the rest of the way, taking the win, 71-46.
"I'm not happy with the effort tonight," said Kennesaw State head coach Nitra Perry. "Every shots not going to fall every night, but the heart of our game wasn't there today. We didn't come out of the locker room in the first half, then we made a little run going into halftime, then them coming out and hitting two layups took the wind out of us."
"The maturity of our team is something that we're working on," added Perry. "When you're an immature team, the consistency isn't there. You have some games where everybody shows up and some where nobody shows up and that's something we'll continue to improve upon."
Mason's 14 points led the Owls offensively with Gideon the only other KSU player in double-figures with her 11, seven of which came from the free-throw line.
The Owls did manage to outrebound their opponent for the second straight game, bringing in 45 rebounds to Mercer's 44. Gideon's 14 led both teams.
Chantel Kennedy (Brooklyn, N.Y./Colorado State) put together a nine rebound, three assist, three steal night of her own, coming off the bench to play 30 minutes.
The Owls will be back on the road for a pair of games as the team heads to Jacksonville, Fla., on Jan 12-14, for two conference games against North Florida and Jacksonville.
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Kennesaw State University is celebrating 30 years of intercollegiate athletics during the 2012-13 academic year.
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