Using a frantic fourth-quarter rally on Thursday afternoon, the Mercer Bears pulled off a stunning 97-86 victory at Carmichael Arena over the UNC women’s basketball team.

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.

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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)