Central, SC – Southern Wesleyan took down the Erskine Flying Fleet in a 66-63 final score on Thursday evening.
The Warriors shot 44.2% from the field and 40% from the three point line in the victory over the Flying Fleet. Breanna Richardson led the Warriors with 16 points. She was followed by Denisha Hall with 13, and Iva Krstevska and Emily Waters with 12. The Warriors posted 17 assists with Waters leading the team with four. Three Warriors followed with three assists apiece.
Southern Wesleyan recorded 27 rebounds. Iva Krstevska led the team with six and she was followed by Emily Waters with five. The Warriors recorded seven steals with Lisana Burnett leading the team with two. Burnett posted the two lone blocks of the game for the Warriors.
Final: Southern Wesleyan 66, Erskine 63
Records: Southern Wesleyan (7-12 / CC 2-9) Erskine (5-13 / CC 2-8)
Coach Davis says…
"Our team needed a game like this, not just because of the win, but because of the grit and resolve they showed. I thought Denisha Hall did a great job for us in key situations, and Breanna Richardson was everywhere tonight. We must fix our rebounding issues, but thankful for a team that is growing as a selfless group."
How It Happened
Southern Wesleyan jumped out early with a layup by Iva Krstevska to put them on top 2-0. The Flying Fleet countered with free throws by Megan Davis and then a jump shot by Maddison Whitt to take a 4-2 lead. A three point shot by Chyenne Matson allowed Erskine to take a 7-6 point advantage. Southern Wesleyan continued to pressure Erskine as Shawndre' Young made a 3-point basket to put the Warriors down 13-11.
Erskine kicked off the second quarter with a layup by Kelsey Felks to take a 15-11 point lead. A layup by Breanna Richardson kept the Warriors within three points of the Flying Fleet. The Warriors continued to pressure Erskine as Iva Krstevska sunk a 3-point shot to tie the game at 23 points apiece. Erskine regained the lead, but the lead was short lived as Lisana Burnett and Emily Waters made back-to-back layups to give the Warriors at 27-25 point lead. The Warriors extended their lead on a 3-point shot by Denisha Hall and went on to lead 32-26 at the half.
Back-to-back layups by Alexis Scott and Megan Davis allowed the Erskine Flying Fleet to come to 32-30 behind the Warriors. A three point jump shot by Lisana Burnett allowed the Warriors to maintain a three point lead over the Flying Fleet. Baskets by Iva Krstevska and Breanna Richardson put the Warriors ahead 41-36.
Southern Wesleyan pressed ahead as Breanna Richardson made back-to-back shots to give the Warriors a 10-point advantage over Erskine. Erskine pressured back with a layup by Alexis Scott, but Richardson made a layup to put the Warriors ahead 57-46. The Flying Fleet came within four points on a 3-point shot by Lakayla Adams and layup by Megan Davis, but a layup and free throws by Denisha Hall allowed the Warriors to win the game 66-63.
Southern Wesleyan will hit the road on January 26 as they travel to Mount Olive, NC to take on the University of Mount Olive at 2 p.m. They will then return to Historic Tysinger Gymnasium to host the Converse Valkyries at 5:30 p.m.