Due West, S.C. – The Warriors fell in Conference Competition to Erskine College 75-74 on Wednesday, January 11th.
Four Warriors posted double figures in the loss. Breanna Richardson led the Warriors with 19 points in the game. She was followed by Tatiana Manuel (14), Tatiyana Mahone (13) and Aneysa Williams (11). Manuel led the team in rebounds with 14. She was followed by Mahone with 12. Manuel posted three blocks in the loss.
The Warriors made 41 rebounds as a team in the loss compared to the 35 rebounds made by Erskine. Southern Wesleyan posted a field goal percentage of 43.9% while Erskine boasted a 45.1%. There were 20 assists made by Southern Wesleyan. Aneysa Williams led the team with six of the assists. Williams was followed in assists by Tatiyana Mahone with five.
Mahone led the Warriors in steals with three. She was closely followed by Williams with two. The Warriors had 27 turnovers in the contest.
Final: Erskine 75, Southern Wesleyan 74
Records: Southern Wesleyan (3-9 / CC 1-7), Erskine (6-6 / CC 5-2)
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How It Happened
The Flying Fleet struck first taking a 4-0 lead over the Warriors. Anyesa Williams made a layup to put the Warriors on the board bringing the score to 5-2. The Fleet led the way in scoring, but the Warriors were not going down quietly as senior Cayse Branyon scored a three point shot to bring the score to 16-11 Flying Fleet lead. Erskine pulled ahead to over a ten point lead on a jump shot by Ashley Espinosa. Kristen Smith scored a good layup to bring the Warriors to me 24-17 at the end of the first quarter.
Breanna Richardson scored first for the Warriors in the second quarter of the game. The Warriors lessened the Flying Fleet lead to three on a layup by Tatiana Manuel bringing the score to 24-21. With five minutes left in the second quarter of the game, the Warriors pulled ahead on a jumper by Manuel to bring the score to 27-26. By halftime, the Warriors had a 33-31 lead over the Flying Fleet of Erskine College.
Returning from the half, the Flying Fleet scored first on a jumper by Espinosa and then pulled ahead on a layup by Naomi Stuger making the score 34-33. Richardson shot a three-point jump shot to bring the Warriors back to within two points of the Fleet and then good freebies by Manuel allowed the Warriors to tie the Flying Fleet at 38. The Warriors pulled ahead again on a good jump shot by Gabrielle Bates making the score 42-40. The Fleet regained the lead on a jump shot by Myranda Parham making the score 46-42.
The Fleet lengthened their lead to 49-44 on a 3-point jump shot by Parham. A three-point jump shot by Tatiyana Mahone brought the Warriors to within three of the Flying Fleet of Erskine. Fighting hard, the Warriors and Tatiana Manuel drew foul shots to make the score 55-51 Fleet lead. Manuel followed her freebies with a good jump shot to make the score 59-53. The Warriors proved to the Fleet that they would not go down quietly, countering each of the Fleet's shots to remain in striking distance. With seconds remaining, the Warriors' Richardson made a good three point shot to make the score 75-72. Despite their late rally, the Warriors were not able to pull ahead of the Fleet with the Flying Fleet of Erskine College taking a 75-74 win.
The Warriors will return to Historic Tysinger Gymnasium to take on the Belmont Abbey Crusaders at 2 p.m on January 14th. They will then travel to King University on Monday, January 16th to take on the Tornado at 5:30 p.m. Southern Wesleyan will then return home to have four consecutive home matches to end the month of January.