Spartanburg, SC – Southern Wesleyan took down the Piedmont International Bruins in a 75-67 final on Friday evening.
The Warriors shot a 35.2% field goal percentage in the victory over the Bruins. Iva Krstevska led the Warriors with 21 points. Krstevska was followed by Lisana Burnett with 14 points and Tanayja Williams with 11 points. Southern Wesleyan posted 51 rebounds with Burnett leading the team with 11. The Warriors had 17 assists. Krstevska led the team with five, she was followed by Breanna Richardson with four. Burnett recorded the lone block for the Warriors.
Final: Southern Wesleyan 75, Piedmont International 67
Records: Southern Wesleyan (2-2) Piedmont International (2-4)
Coach Davis says…
"Really proud of our team's response tonight. We persevered in the late start and not a strong first half. It was good to see our group embrace the challenge in the second half. Defensively, we did a much better job of taking away their attack lanes."
How It Happened
The Piedmont International Bruins scored first on a three point shot by Lyric Custodio, but free throws by Emily Waters put the Warriors down 2-3. Iva Krstevska sunk a three point jump shot to put Southern Wesleyan on top 5-3. The Bruins countered, but the Warriors pulled back ahead with layups by Lisana Burnett to put Southern Wesleyan ahead 9-6. Piedmont International fought back with layups by Trinity Stark and Deonna Young to give them a 14-9 point advantage.
Southern Wesleyan pressured Piedmont International back with a free throw by Emily Waters to put them down 15-18. A three point shot by Noni Kuumba put the Bruins ahead 21-16, but a layup by Lonesha Lee allowed the Warriors to come to 18-23 behind Piedmont International. Southern Wesleyan continued to fight back as Tanayja Williams made a three point jump shot and layup to put the Warriors down 27-33.
The Warriors started strong in the third quarters as Lisana Burnett and Emily Waters made layups to put Southern Wesleyan within four points of Piedmont International. A jump shot by Breanna Richardson allowed the Warriors to come to 35-38 behind Piedmont International. Richardson made a three point shot to put the Warriors within two, but the Bruins countered with a three point shot by Deonna Young to give them a 43-38 point lead. Southern Wesleyan pulled ahead on free throws by Iva Krstevska to give them a 53-51 point lead.
Southern Wesleyan pulled ahead in the fourth quarter as Tanayja Williams made a jump shot to give them a 55-53 point lead. Piedmont International tied the game back up on a layup by Deonna Young, however a three point shot by Iva Krstevska put the Warriors back on top 60-57. The Warriors continued to push ahead as Breanna Richardson made free throws to give them a 62-57 point lead. A three point shot by Iva Krstevska and layups by Tanayja Williams put Southern Wesleyan on top 69-61 with just over three minutes left to play. The Warriors went on to win the game 75-67.
Southern Wesleyan will next take on the Regent Royals on November 17 at 1 p.m. They will then host their home opener in Historic Tysinger Gymnasium on November 20 at 5:30 p.m. as they host the Coker Cobras.