Central, SC – Southern Wesleyan took down the Coker Cobras on Tuesday evening in an 88-83 final.
The Warriors shot 56.6% from the field in the victory over the Cobras. Five Warriors posted double digits with Iva Krstevska and Emily Waters leading the pack with 22 points each. They were followed by Breanna Richardson and Lonesha Lee with 11 points, and Lisana Burnett with 10 points. Denisha Hall led the Warriors with five of the 19 assists of the evening. Four Warriors recorded steals and three posted blocks. Emily Waters led the team with seven rebounds. She was followed by Jessica Sparks with six rebounds.
Final: Southern Wesleyan 88, Coker 83
Records: Southern Wesleyan (4-2) Coker (1-5)
Coach Davis says…
"Great way to open up our home schedule with this type of win! Team persevered the entire night and fought every step of the way. It was an awesome job by them. For us to continue to get better, we must take away the second chance opportunities we are giving up. We did a pretty good job in the half court offensively when it mattered. To be 4-2 after playing six games in 12 days is a testament to this group."
How It Happened
Southern Wesleyan kicked off early as Lisana Burnett made a layup to put the Warriors up 2-0, however Coker countered seconds later as Hannah Stull made a layup to tie the game 2-2. Shots by Iva Krstevska and Emily Waters gave the Warriors a 6-4 point advantage over the Cobras. The Cobras countered the Warriors every point, but back-to-back shots by Burnett and Krstevska gave the Warriors a 12-9 point lead. Coker countered with shots by Hayley Kropp and Ashauntee Nelson to take a 15-12 point lead over Southern Wesleyan.
The Warriors kicked off the second quarter with a layup by Emily Waters to put Southern Wesleyan down 20-23 to Coker. Seconds later, Waters sunk a three point jump shot to allow the Warriors to tie the Cobras 23-23. Southern Wesleyan continued to counter Coker's threats as Lonesha Lee made a three point jump shot to put the Warriors on top 30-27. Lee pushed the Warriors lead further ahead as she made back-to-back layups to put the score at 36-31. The Cobras fought back to take the lead, but a layup by Iva Krstevska allowed the Warriors to tie the game 41-41 at the half.
The Coker Cobras took the first points of the third quarter as Erin Houser made a layup, but the Warriors countered with a three point jump shot by Breanna Richardson to put Southern Wesleyan on top 44-43. The Warriors and Cobras exchanged the lead several times, but Southern Wesleyan would not back down as Richardson made a layup to keep Southern Wesleyan within one point of Coker. A three point shot by Iva Krstevska allowed the Warriors to take a two point lead and make the score 59-57.
Southern Wesleyan kicked off the fourth and final quarter with a three point shot by Jessica Sparks to give them a 66-63 point lead. The Cobras countered with a jump shot by Elizabeth Kincaid to put the Cobras down one to the Warriors. However, layups by Lisana Burnett and Jessica Sparks allowed the Warriors to take a 72-68 point lead over Coker. Southern Wesleyan continued to deepen their lead as Iva Krstevska and Breanna Richardson each made layups to take a six point lead over Coker. Southern Wesleyan went on to win the game 88-83.
Southern Wesleyan will next travel to North Greenville on November 28 as they play in their first Conference Carolinas game of the season. They will remain on the road on December 1 as they travel to Belmont, NC to take on the Belmont Abbey Crusaders at 2 p.m.