Central, SC – Southern Wesleyan defeated the Erskine Flying Fleet in a 76-63 final score on Wednesday night.
The Warriors shot 38.1% from the field and 42.1% at the three point line in the victory over the Flying Fleet. They went on to shoot 80% from the free throw line. Jessica Sparks led the team with 21 points scored. Sparks was followed by Breanna Richardson with 15 points and Noelle Van Zadelhoff with 14 points. Richardson, Denisha Hall, and Tatiyana Mahone led the team with three assists each in the win.
Southern Wesleyan posted 32 rebounds in the victory. Kasey Howard led the team with eight rebounds. She was followed by Noelle Van Zadelhoff and Breanna Richardson with six rebounds each. Howard went on to lead the team with four steals.
Final: Southern Wesleyan 76, Erskine 63
Records: Southern Wesleyan (6-14 / CC 5-9), Erskine (4-15 / CC 3-10)
Coach Davis says…
"Great job by our entire team tonight. We played a good first half and I felt we still left opportunities on both ends of the floor going into halftime. Our defensive execution in the third quarter was poor and Erskine made some good plays to put them right back in it. Great part to see was our team respond. I thought we did a good job of controlling the tempo to finish the game and shoot. It has been special to see this group persevere throughout the season and we will continue to push ourselves to move our program forward."
How It Happened
Erskine kicked off the first quarter with a jump shot by Megan Davis. However, the Warriors countered with free throws and a jump shot by Noelle Van Zadelhoff to give them a 4-2 lead. The Flying Fleet pressured on with layups by Christian Brown and Alexis Scott to give them an 8-4 point advantage. A jump shot by Kallie Hall and free throws by Jessica Sparks allowed the Warriors to tie the game. Sparks sunk a three point shot and Van Zadelhoff made a jump shot to put the Warriors down 15-16.
A layup by Denisha Hall kicked off the second quarter and put Southern Wesleyan down 19-17 to Erskine. With right at nine minutes remaining, Noelle Van Zadelhoff made a jump shot to put the Warriors down by one and then a three point shot by Jessica Sparks allowed the Warriors to take a 22-20 point lead over Southern Wesleyan. A second three point shot by Sparks and a layup by Breanna Richardson allowed the Warriors to push their lead to 28-20. Southern Wesleyan took an 11 point lead on a three point shot by Aneysa Williams to make the score 31-20. Three point shots by Tanayja Williams and Sparks allowed the Warriors to lengthen their lead to 39-26. At the end of the first half the Warriors were up 41-28.
The Flying Fleet kicked off the second half with a layup by Alexis Scott, but the Warriors countered with a layup by Noelle Van Zadelhoff to give them a 43-30 point lead. A three point jump shot by Breanna Richardson allowed the Warriors to push their lead to 46-30. Back-to-back shots by Cheyenne Matson and Alexis Scott put the Flying Fleet down 35-46. Richardson made free throws to push Southern Wesleyan's lead to twelve points and make the score 50-38. Erskine came to within five points of Southern Wesleyan on shots by Christina Coltrane and Alexis Scott. Tatiyana Mahone made a layup to allow the Warriors to lengthen their lead to 54-47. A layup by Breanna Richardson and a last second three point shot by Jessica Sparks put the Warriors up 59-54.
Southern Wesleyan kicked off the fourth quarter on a layup by Kasey Howard to give them a 61-54 point advantage. Erskine countered with a three point shot by Dareisha Sowell to come to four points behind the Warriors. Layups by Aneysa Williams and Breanna Richardson allowed to take a 65-57 point lead. Southern Wesleyan went on a free throw spree to push their lead to 75-61. The Flying Fleet countered on a jump shot by Alexis Sales, but the Warriors won the game 76-63.
Southern Wesleyan will next travel to Barton to take on the Bulldogs at 2 p.m. They will then return Historic Tysinger Gymnasium on February 6 where they will take on the Lees-McRae Bobcats at 5:30.