The Southern Wesleyan women's basketball team led Brenau University for most of the second round game in the Southern Wesleyan Tip-Off Tournament, but it was not enough as the Golden Tigers pulled ahead to win 68-61. This puts the Warriors 1-1 on their young season.
The Warriors started strong, leading 10-0 before the Golden Tigers were able to put any numbers up. Breanna Richardson struck first with a jump shot for the Warriors followed by 3-pointers by Denisha Hall and Tatiyana Mahone. The Warriors continued to push a lead in the first quarter allowing Brenau to only 6 points. This rhythm continued throughout the first half as the Warriors scored thirty-five points, while holding Brenau University to just 29.
The Golden Tigers quickly responded in the second half scoring 22 and 17 while only allowing the Warriors to 11 and 15 in the respective quarters. The Warriors rallied in the later end of the second half, but their rally was not enough to push them past Brenau. The Golden Tigers pulled out the 68-61 win against the Warriors.
"We had a great start to the game in the 1st quarter, which was good to see, but we were mentally out of it the rest of the way," said Head Women's Basketball Coach John Davis. He continued, "I give a ton of credit to Coach Stewart and Brenau, because they battled and continued to come at us despite the early deficit. We allowed them to dictate us on both ends of the floor, so my expectation is that we grow in a positive way after tonight and continue to move forward."
Three players led the Warriors offensively. Tomi Sanchez, Tatiyana Mahone, and Tatiana Manuel contributed 12 points each to give the Warriors a combined 36 points. Manuel led with 10 rebounds, while Sanchez had 5. Breanna Richardson also put up double figures scoring 11 points and contributing 4 rebounds.
Southern Wesleyan University Warriors record is now 1-1 and 0-0 in Conference Carolina play. The Brenau University Golden Tigers are now 5-0. The Warriors will travel to Charleston on Tuesday before return home on Saturday, November 19 to take on Anderson University Trojans at 6 p.m. in Historic Tysinger Gymnasium