Mercer wins SoCon women's basketball tourney for fourth time in five years

AP photo by Kathy Kmonicek / Mercer guard Amoria Neal-Tysor
photo AP photo by Kathy Kmonicek / Mercer guard Amoria Neal-Tysor (1) looks to pass the ball away from Furman's Grace van Rij, left, and Janay Outten during the first half of the SoCon tournament title game Sunday in Asheville, N.C.

ASHEVILLE, N.C. - Mercer freshman Erin Houpt scored all 12 of her points in a dominating third quarter, and the Bears earned their fourth NCAA tournament berth and second in a row with a 73-54 win over Furman in the Southern Conference women's basketball title game Sunday.

After trailing 25-24 at halftime, the top-seeded Bears of Macon, Georgia, outscored the third-seeded Paladins 30-4 in the third quarter, opening and closing with Houpt 3-pointers on her birthday.

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