Central, SC – Southern Wesleyan dropped their home opener against the UNC Pembroke Braves in a 66-49 final
The Warriors shot 36.4% from beyond the three point line and went 50% from the free throw line. Emily Waters led the team with 12 points. She was followed by Aneysa Williams with 10 points and Denisha Hall with nine. Hall and Lisana Burnett each had four assists.
Southern Wesleyan had 33 rebounds in the game with Emily Waters and Lisana Burnett each recording eight. Waters had the lone block of the game for the Warriors. Burnett recorded five of the eight steals Southern Wesleyan had.
Final: UNC Pembroke 66, Southern Wesleyan 49
Records: Southern Wesleyan (0-1) UNC Pembroke (1-0)
Coach Davis says...
"Tough opening night for us. Not much of what we practice, we did on a consistent basis tonight on either end of the floor. We allowed too many points in the paint and the second quarter hurt us in second chance points. We were ineffective on the offensive end for a majority of the game. I am looking forward to seeing how we respond as a team tomorrow. It will be a big test for our group to move forward and learn as we continue through this season."
How It Happened
Southern Wesleyan came out swinging in the first quarter as Aneysa Williams and Denisha Hall made back-to-back three point baskets to put them ahead of the Braves 6-3. UNC Pembroke fought back, but more three point shots by Williams kept them out in front 12-6. The Braves continued to push ahead, gaining the lead on free throws by Melanie Horne.
The Warriors scored first in the second quarter as Denisha Hall made a layup, but the lead was shot lived as Tee Graham made a three point shot. They extended their lead to 19-15 on a jump shot by Jillian Ebron. Lonesha Lee sunk a three point shot to keep the Warriors within seven of the Braves and make the score 21-28. UNC Pembroke continued to push ahead, leading 37-22 at the half on a jump shot by Aliyah Farmer.
The Braves and the Warriors battled back and forth in the third quarter, stifling each others attacks to keep the score the same. The stalemate was broken as Lisana Burnett made a layup, but the Braves countered with a layup of their own. A three point shot by Denisha Hall put the Warriors down 27-44.
Brooke Henricks kicked off the fourth quarter with free throws, and then a layup by Emily Water put the Warriors down 37-52. UNC Pembroke continued to distance themselves as Melanie Horne sunk a three point shot, but back-to-back three point shots by Treasure Lone put Southern Wesleyan within ten and made the score 57-47. The Braves went on to win the game 66-49.
Southern Wesleyan will next take on the Augusta Jaguars on November 9 at 5 p.m. They will then hit the road to take on the Auburn Montgomery Warhawks on November 16. They will remain on the road as they face the USC Aiken Pacers at 5:30 p.m. on November 20.