Early Lead Not Enough For Warrior Victory

Early Lead Not Enough For Warrior Victory

Central, S.C. – The Warriors fell to the Barton College Bulldogs in a close Conference Carolinas debate on Saturday afternoon in a final score of 84-75.

Breanna Richardson led the Warriors with 21 points in the loss.  Richardson was closely followed by Aneysa Williams with 19 and Tatiyana Mahone with 13 points.  Southern Wesleyan posted a 38.6 field goal percentage and went 14-19 at the free throw line. 

The Warriors posted 13 assists in the loss.  They were led by Tatiyana Mahone and Tatiana Manuel with three assists apiece.  Mahone and Manuel were followed by Breanna Richaradson and Tomi Sanchez, who posted two assists in the loss.

Southern Wesleyan posted 37 rebounds in the loss to the Bulldogs.  Tatiana Manuel led the Warriors in rebounds with a total of 11.  She was followed by Tatiyana Mahone and Breanna Richardson with six apiece.  Manuel posted seven blocks in the game.  Three Warriors posted a steal.


Game Vitals

Final: Barton 84, Southern Wesleyan 75

Records: Southern Wesleyan (4-14 / CC 2-12), Barton (11-9 / CC 8-6)


Coach Davis Says…

"We came out and played well early, but Barton finished the half on a 7-0 run and I felt that was a big part of the momentum swing.  The team kept competing, we were in position to win.  We had people make some great baskets.  Our defensive effort in the second half was poor and we cannot get out-rebounded by 17 and expect to win.  I am pleased with the past two games and how we played against top quality programs.  We need to continue to get better, continue to learn to compete at a high level and now start finishing.  I love this group and the effort they are giving."


How It Happened

The Barton Bulldogs struck first after two minutes of competition on a layup by Kianna Wynn.  Breanna Richardson and the Warriors countered on a jump shot to tie the game at two.  The two teams exchanged missed shots for several minutes before the Bulldogs were able to lengthen their lead to 6-2 on a jump shot by JerBria Smith.  Southern Wesleyan rallied to take an 8-7 lead over Barton on a 3-point jump shot, and then were able to maintain their lead on a 3-point shot by Tomi Sanchez to make the score 12-11.

Southern Wesleyan struck first in the second quarter on a free throw by Tatiana Manuel to give the Warriors a 16-11 lead.  The Warriors lengthened the lead to 10-points on a 3-point jump shot by freshman Breanna Richardson.  The Barton Bulldogs countered with a layup and freebies by Alonna Terrell to shorten the Warriors' lead to six points.  However, Warriors' Gabrielle Bates and Tomi Sanchez led Southern Wesleyan back to their ten point lead over the Bulldogs to make the score 29-19.  At the half, the Warriors were leading the Bulldogs 32-26.

Barton kicked off the second half with layups by Kianna Wynn and Caila Carter to bring the Bulldogs to 32-30 behind the Warriors.  The Bulldogs tied the game at 33 on a three-point jump shot by JerBria Smith, however the Warriors were able to regain the lead on a layup and three-point jump shot by Aneysa Williams to take a 39-35 lead over the Bulldogs.  Barton was not going to go down lightly as they took a 42-41 lead over the Warriors on a layup by Angela Caraballo.  Breanna Richardson allowed the Warriors to take the lead back with a layup.  Southern Wesleyan's lead was short lived as the Bulldogs took a 47-46 lead on a 3-point shot by Alex Kimble and by the end of the third quarter they led 59-54.

The Warriors made free throws to start the fourth quarter to bring the Warriors to 59-56 behind the Bulldogs.  Breanna Richardson made a layup to make the score 59-58, however a jump shot by Karimah Dean gave the Bulldogs a three point lead.  Barton took a 68-60 lead over the Warriors on shots by Caila Carter and Kianna Wynn.  Richardson scored a free throw to bring the Warriors to within three of the Bulldogs.  However, the Bulldogs took the game 84-75.


What's Next

The Warriors will travel to North Greenville to take on the Crusaders at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 1.  They will then travel on to take on the Lees-McRae Bobcats at 2 p.m. on February 4.  Southern Wesleyan will return home on February 7 to take on the Converse College Valkyries at 7 p.m.