Mercer women earn No. 13 seed, will face No. 4 Georgia in round one

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MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – The Mercer women’s basketball team will meet Georgia in Athens in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament.

The Bears earned the No. 13 seed for their first tournament appearance and will play the No. 4 seed Bulldogs for the second time this season. Georgia won the first meeting 72-54 back in November, one of Mercer’s two losses.

The Southern Conference regular season and tournament champions gathered Monday at Hawkins Arena for a Selection Show watch party.

Coach Susie Gardner, who played for Georgia under coach Andy Landers, might have been the happiest person in the building.

“I was really, really shocked but thrilled,” she said. “Not because we’re playing Georgia again so much, but I wanted our fans to be able to travel with our team, because we travel so well, and they’re such amazing Mercer fans and I wanted them to be able to drive up the road. This is an amazing season that we’ve already had (and it) just keeps getting better.”

Get tickets here. If you’re interested in riding Mercer’s fan bus, click here. The cost for the bus is $20 per person (includes ticket price). It will leave from the parking lot behind OrthoGeorgia Park Saturday at 10 a.m.

The game is this Saturday in Athens. Tipoff is at 1 p.m. It will air on ESPN2.

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(478) 745-4141 ext. 310 Tucker Sargent joined the 41NBC news team in April 2012. He hails from "The Great State of Alabama," as he calls it, but you won't catch him saying "Roll Tide!" Tucker grew up near Auburn, before moving to north Alabama. He graduated from Danville High School in 2007 and loves to return to the Tennessee Valley any chance he gets. He moved back south to Troy, Alabama after high school, where he graduated from Troy University in 2011 with a B.S. in Broadcast Journalism. He interned in Huntsville at WAAY-TV before joining 41NBC. His passion is sports, and his favorite teams are the Auburn Tigers and Troy Trojans. On the weekends you can catch Tucker watching college football on Saturdays and NASCAR on Sundays! He's proud to call middle Georgia home for now and could always use a story idea from you, so don't hesitate to get in touch with him!