Central, SC – Southern Wesleyan picks up first Conference Carolinas victory as they defeat the Lees-McRae Bobcats in an 81-67 final score.
The Warriors shot 52% from the field and were 50% from beyond the three point line in the victory over the Bobcats. Four Warriors recorded double digits in points. Denisha Hall and Aneysa Williams led the team with 17 points each. They were followed by Emily Waters with 14 and Brooke Henricks with 12. Southern Wesleyan posted nine assists with three recording two assists apiece.
Southern Wesleyan had 39 rebounds with Emily Waters leading the team with eight. Waters was followed by Lisana Burnett, Tanayja Williams and Halee Morrison following with five each. Southern Wesleyan had nine steals and Emily Waters recorded all three of the blocks during the game.
Final: Southern Wesleyan 81, Lees-McRae 67
Records: Southern Wesleyan (1-8 / CC 1-4), Lees-McRae (4-9 / CC 1-4)
Coach Davis says…
"Complete team effort tonight, which is what we have been speaking into our team. We had positive contributions from our entire group. We must continue to grow into a coach fed and player led team and this is a step in the right direction."
How It Happened
Lisana Burnett jumped started the game for the Warriors with a layup, but the Bobcats countered with a 3-point basket by Makayla Smith to put Lees-McRae ahead 3-2. They Warriors countered with a 3-point shot by Denisha Hall to allow Southern Wesleyan to regain the lead. Back-to-back baskets by Aneysa Willilams allowed the Warriors to extend their lead to 10-5. Southern Wesleyan continued to push ahead with layups by Emily Waters and Hall. A 3-point basket by Jala Holloman allowed the Bobcats to stop the Warriors from extending their lead any further. However, the Warriors continued to push pass as Williams and Caroline Reese each made three point shots.
A foul by the Bobcats allowed Brooke Henricks to take free throws to kick off the second quarter, making both to put the Warriors on top 26-14. A 3-pointer by Aneysa Williams allowed the Warriors to maintain a 10-point lead over Lees-McRae. The Bobcats would not go down quietly, as Ava Bethea and Makayla Smith made layups to put the score at 27-35. Emily Waters finished the second quarter for the Warriors with a layup to give them a 40-30 point lead at the half.
The Warriors kicked off the third quarter with a layup by Emily Waters, however the Bobcats countered with made free throws by Davinique Campbell. Southern Wesleyan continued to push around the Lees-McRae defense as Waters and Brooke Henricks weaved around the Bobcats to lay the ball up and put Southern Wesleyan ahead 46-32. The Bobcats challenged back as Destiny Johnson made back-to-back jump shots, but a 3-pointer by Henricks allowed the Warriors to maintain control of the game.
Southern Wesleyan kicked off the final quarter with free throws by Brooke Henricks and Aneysa Williams. Lees-McRae challenged with a 3-pointer by Makayla Smith, however the Warriors countered with a 3-pointer by Caroline Reese to put Southern Wesleyan's lead at 73-57. The Warriors continued to distance themselves from the Bobcats with a 3-pointer by Denisha Hall and a layup by Brooke Henricks to give them a 20-point lead. Southern Wesleyan concluded the game with free throws by Victoria Bailey and Santavia Macomson to defeat Lees-McRae in an 81-67 final.
Southern Wesleyan will conclude the 2019 year on the road in St. Leo, FL as they take on Saint Leo on December 20 at 2 p.m. and West Florida on December 21 at 12 p.m. They will then return to Historic Tysinger Gymansium on January 2 as they host the King Tornado at 5:30 p.m. The Warriors will remain at home on January 4 to host the Converse Valkyries at 2 p.m.