Banner Elk, NC – Southern Wesleyan fell to the Lees-McRae Bobcats in a 77-53 final score on Wednesday evening.
The Warriors shot 38% from the field and went 84.6% from the free throw line against the Bobcats. Denisha Hall led the team with 16 points. Hall was followed by Caroline Reese with 10 points. Lisana Burnett led the team with three of the seven assists in the loss.
Final: Lees-McRae 77, Southern Wesleyan 53
Records: Southern Wesleyan (3-21 / CC 3-15) Lees-McRae (8-18 / CC 5-13)
How It Happened
Southern Wesleyan took the first points of the game as Aneysa Williams made free throws, but Lees-McRae countered with a jump shot by Davinique Campbell to tie the game. The Bobcats took the lead on a three pointer by Destiny Johnson, but the Warriors tied up the game on a three pointer by Denisha Hall. Lees-McRae pushed ahead to lengthen their lead to 14-7. A jump shot by Caroline Reese put the Warriors within three points.
Emily Waters kicked off the second quarter with a jump shot by Emily Waters to make the score 17-20. However, the Bobcats countered with a three pointer by Johnson. A three pointer by Aneysa Williams and a layup by Lisana Burnett put the Warriors back within three points, making the score 22-25. Southern Wesleyan continued to fight back as a Denisha Hall made a last second three pointer to put the Warriors down 31-39 at the half.
Southern Wesleyan continued to push forward in the third quarter as a jump shot by Emily Waters put the Warriors within six points of the Bobcats. However, Lees-McRae quickly regained their eight point advantage on a jump shot by Jala Holloman. The Warriors were not discouraged as Denisha Hall sunk jump shots to put the Warriors down 37-45. However, the Bobcats went on a run to take a twenty point lead over the Warriors.
The Warriors kicked off the final quarter with a three pointer by Caroline Reese. Southern Wesleyan continued to fight with baskets by Brooke Henricks and Denisha Hall to put the Warriors down 46-61. However, Lees-McRae continued to extend their lead as Aurora Roberts and Jala Holloman hit three point shots to give them a 46-67 lead. The Bobcats went on to win 53-77.
Southern Wesleyan will return to Historic Tysinger Gymnasium on February 15 as they welcome the Belmont Abbey Crusaders at 2 p.m. They will then host the Chowan Hawks on February 19. The Warriors will then compete in their last away game of the season as they travel to Wilson, NC to take on the Barton Bulldogs on February 22.