Warriors Unable to Hold Early Lead

Warriors Unable to Hold Early Lead

Mount Olive, N.C. – Southern Wesleyan Women's Basketball dropped a Conference Carolina contest against Mount Olive Saturday afternoon 82-65. 

Tatiyana Mahone (14), Tatiana Manuel (11) and Aneysa Williams (10) each posted double figures in the loss.  Manuel and Breanna Richardson both had 6 rebounds during the contest.

The Warriors made 34 rebounds as a team in the loss compared to the 46 rebounds made by Mount Olive.  Southern Wesleyan posted a field goal percentage of 40.3% while Mount Olive boasted a 46.6%.  There were 9 assists made by Southern Wesleyan.  Kasey Howard led the team with two of the assists. 

Five Warriors posted a steal and the Warriors had 25 turnovers in the contest.


Game Vitals

Final: Mount Olive 82, Southern Wesleyan 65

Records: Southern Wesleyan (3-8 / CC 1-6), Mount Olive (9-3 / CC 6-1)


Coach Davis Says…

"I was proud of our team today.  We were better prepared today and we had our chances to win this game.  We had the lead down to five in the third quarter and had enough opportunities to put pressure on Mount Olive, but we were not able to hit that shot.  We will get there.  We have the players and to be in the position is a start against one of the top teams in our league.  I believe this team wants to take the next step for this program."

How It Happened

Despite the first snow fall of the 2017 year in the south, the Warriors and the Trojans took the court Saturday afternoon.  Mount Olive struck first on a jump shot by Felecity Havens, however a countering jump shot by Tatiyana Mahone allowed the Warriors to tie the game 2-2.  Southern Wesleyan lengthened their lead to 11-2 on 3-point jump shots by Breanna Richardson and Aneysa Williams.  A layup by Mahone allowed the Warriors to take a 10-point lead and brought the score to 16-6.  Daria Simmons made a jump shot for the Trojans to drop the Warrior to a 6-point lead.

The Trojans took a 22-20 lead over the Warriors in the second quarter of the game on a jump shot by Tommarah Harris, but the Warriors tied the game at 22 on a jump shot by Richardson.  A layup by Cayse Branyon gave the Warriors the lead, but a jump shot by Felecity Havens tied the game at 24.  Layups by Kiara Jones and Ni'Ya Styles allowed the Trojans to take a four-point lead over the Warriors.  Aneysa Williams' jump shot allowed the Warriors to come within two behind the Trojans and made the score 30-28.  Mount Olive lengthened the lead to 41-30 on a jump shot by Tommarah Harris.  By the end of the first half, the Trojans were leading 43-35.

The Warriors scored first in the start of the third quarter on a jump shot by Tatiyana Mahone to make the score 43-37.  Freebies by Aneysa Williams shortened the lead to 7-points and then to five points on a layup by Tatiana Manuel making the score 48-43.  However, a jump shot by Kiara Jones gave the Trojans at 50-43 lead.  Kasey Howard made a three point jump shot to make the score 51-48 and bring the Warriors to three points behind the Trojans.

Mount Olive lengthened their lead to 14-points on jump shots by Felecity Havens and Ni'Ya Styles in the start of the fourth quarter of the game.  Southern Wesleyan was not going down without a fight, as Taylor Vinson made a layup to make the score become 73-61.  Layups by Havens and Styles gave the Trojans a 17-point lead.  The Trojans won the game 82-65.


What's Next

The Warriors will next travel to Erskine College on January 11 to take on the Flying Fleet at 5:30.  They will then return to Historic Tysinger Gymnasium to take on the Belmont Abbey Crusaders at 2 p.m on January 14th.