Kahlia Lawrence scored a game-high 39 points and grabbed 13 rebounds for Mercer (12-2), which overcame a 16-point deficit in the final period–outscoring the Tar Heels 33-8 during that time frame.
The Bears–who picked up their ninth straight victory–also got a whopping 16 assists from Sydni Calloway, the most the Tar Heels have given up to one player since 1985.
UNC (10-3) was led by 26 points from guard Paris Kea and a 19-point, 10-rebound effort from freshman forward Janelle Bailey.
The loss snapped what had been an eight-game winning streak for head coach Sylvia Hatchell and company.
Now the Tar Heels will turn their attention to their ACC opener against No. 13 Florida State on Sunday. That game is set to tip-off at 2 p.m.
Photo via Jeffrey A. Camarati (UNC Athletics)