Banner Elk, NC – Southern Wesleyan fell to the Lees-McRae Bobcats in their second Conference Carolinas match up for the season in a 94-72 final.
The Warriors went 21-65 in field goals, 5-11 at the three point line and 25-33 at the free throw line. Aneysa Williams led the team with 24 points. She was followed by Noelle Van Zadelhoff and Kaitlyn Smart with 11 points. Southern Wesleyan posted 42 rebounds in the loss, with Van Zadelhoff and Smart leading the team with seven rebounds apiece. Five Warriors posted steals and two had blocks in the loss.
Final: Lees-McRae 94, Southern Wesleyan 72
Records: Southern Wesleyan (0-4 / CC 0-2), Lees-McRae (2-3 / CC 1-0)
How It Happened
Southern Wesleyan started the first quarter with a free throw by Breanna Richardson to give the Warriors a 1-0 lead. The lead was short lived as a layup by Brea Forbes allowed the Bobcats to take a 2-1 lead over Southern Wesleyan. A layup by Shawndre' Young and three point shot by Aneysa Williams allowed the Warriors to regain the lead. Southern Wesleyan lengthened their lead to 14-10 on free throws by Jessica Sparks and Williams. Lees-McRae regained the lead on a layup by Forbes to make their lead 16-14. A three point shot by Williams put the Warriors down one point going into the second quarter and make the score 21-22.
Lees-McRae led off the second quarter with a three point jump shot by Markia Stacey, however the Warriors countered to stay within three points on a free throw by Aneysa Williams. Southern Wesleyan kept the game close with layups by Kasey Howard and Noelle Van Zadelhoff to put the Warriors down 26-27. Despite several attempted shots, the Warriros were unable to score and the Bobcats pulled ahead to take a 37-29 point lead over Southern Wesleyan.
Aneysa Williams made a jump shot to put Southern Wesleyan down 38-41 to kick off the fourth quarter. Despite a three point jump shot by Williams, Lees-McRae's Markia Stacey and Brea Forbes made shots to give the Bobcats a 51-42 point advantage. A layup and free throw by Kaitlyn Smart put the Warriors down six points to the Bobcats and make the score 45-51. Lees-McRae lengthened their lead to end the third quarter to a 15 point lead and make the score 67-52.
Southern Wesleyan struck first in the fourth quarter on a jump shot by Kaitlyn Smart, but Lees-McRae countered on a three point jump shot by Mackenzi Blankenship to take a 70-54 point lead. Back-to-back jump shots by Denisha Hall brought the Warriors down 58-72 to the Bobcats. Lees-McRae pulled ahead, taking a 23 point lead before a layup by Kallie Hall stopped their stream of points. The Bobcats won the game in a 94-72 final.
The Warriors will next travel to Coker College on December 2 to take on the Cobras at 2 p.m. They will then continue Conference Carolina action on December 9 as they travel to Belmont Abbey to take on the Crusaders at 5:30 p.m.