Despite Strong Second Half, Warriors Unable to Gain Victory

Despite Strong Second Half, Warriors Unable to Gain Victory

Breanna Richardson lead the Warriors in today's game with 21 points, while also drawing 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Tatiana Manuel also produced double digits, scoring 16 points and 7 rebounds. Erika Wesolek contributed 14 points and 3 rebounds, while Aneysa Williams had 12 points and 4 rebounds.

The Warriors struck first this afternoon in their third conference game against Erskine College with a jump shot from Aneysa Williams. The Flying Fleet quickly responded tying the game 2-2. The first half of the game was very tight – both teams scoring back-and-forth. Erskine was able to gain momentum in the second quarter and pushed to a 47-32 lead going into halftime.

The Warriors again jumped out and scored the first basket of the second half with a layup from Breanna Richardson. The Fleet then regained their momentum and pushed their lead to 51-36. The Warriors continued to battle by hitting a 3-pointer from Williams followed by a jump shot from Richardson and another 3-pointer from Erika Wesolek. By the end of the third quarter, SWU had made the score a 4-point deficit.

Going into the fourth quarter, Wesolek made a layup to put the Warriors within 2 points. With both teams making shots, a layup from Cayse Branyon put the score at 70-69, the Warriors just trailing by one. Tomi Sanchez was able to draw a foul and making both of her shots to put the Warriors ahead for the first time in the second half at 71-70. The Warriors were unable to hold the lead much longer before the Flying Fleet went ahead to win 88-78.

"From an effort standpoint I could not be more proud of our group in the second half," said Head Women's Basketball Coach John Davis.  "We really played hard and gave us a chance to win the game taking a one point lead in the fourth quarter.  Taking care of the basketball is a big issue right now.  We are giving away possessions by us being careless with the basketball and we need to fix that."

The Warriors fall 2-5 on the season and 0-3 in conference play.  The Erskine College Flying Fleet are now 2-5 and 1-2 in Conference Carolina action. The Southern Wesleyan women's basketball team will take a week off from conference play to prepare for their next home game against King University on Saturday, December 10 at 2 p.m.