Central, SC – Southern Wesleyan took down the Auburn Montgomery Warhawks in a 63-59 final on Saturday afternoon.
The Warriors shot 35% from the field and 73.9% from the free throw line in the win. Emily Waters and Lisana Burnett led the team with 15 points apiece in the fifth win of the season. They were followed by Jessica Sparks with 14 points and Iva Krstevska with 11 points. Southern Wesleyan posted 38 rebounds with Krstevska leading the team with 12 rebounds to give her a double-double. Krstevska was followed with Waters with nine rebounds. Krstevska led the team with five of the 11 assists and three of the five steals. Burnett and Lonesha Lee each had a block in the win.
Final: Southern Wesleyan 63, Auburn Montgomery 59
Records: Southern Wesleyan (5-4) Auburn Montgomery (0-8)
Coach Davis says…
"We did not play a strong game tonight, but our team found some good positives out of playing like we did in the second half. We were a step slow in the first half and we settled for the jump shot too much and we became more aggressive in the second half. When we tied the game at 47, AUM hit back-to-back 3-point shots and we could have packed it in at that point, but the team responded. We answered defensively when it mattered most and had some high percentage shots in crucial situations. We will look forward to preparing for Lees McRae on Wednesday."
How It Happened
Southern Wesleyan struck first on a layup by Lisana Burnett, but Auburn Montgomery countered with a layup by Evelina Avleeva. However, a layup by Emily Waters allowed the Warriors to regain a 4-2 point advantage. Back-to-back three point shots by Jordan Brewster allowed the Warhawks to regain the lead at 8-4. The Warriors continued to battle as back-to-back jump shots by Denisha Hall and Iva Krstevska put the Warriors on top 11-10.
Shots by Jordan Brewster and Victoria Morales for the Warhawks gave them a 16-13 point advantage in the second quarter. The Warriors kept it close as with back-to-back baskets by Jessica Sparks to put them down 17-18. Southern Wesleyan continued to fight, gaining a four point advantage on a jump shot by Emily Waters. Auburn Montgomery would not go down quietly, as Evelina Avleeva made back-to-back layups to give them a 32-26 point advantage at the half.
The Warhawks jumped out first in the third quarter as Jordan Brewster made a three point shot to put Auburn Montgomery ahead 35-26. Southern Wesleyan challenged back as Lisana Burnett made a three point shot to put Southern Wesleyan behind 29-35. The Warriors continued to pressure, coming within four points on a three point shot and free throws by Jessica Sparks. A layup by Denisha Hall allowed the Warriors to tie the game at 43.
Auburn Montgomery continued to challenge Southern Wesleyan, taking a 55-47 point advantage on a layup by Avleeva, but the Warriors answered with a layup by Lisana Burnett to put Southern Wesleyan down 51-55. A jump shot by Emily Waters and three pointer by Iva Krstevska allowed Southern Wesleyan to cut the Warhawks lead to 57-56. The Warriors continued to push on with layups by Waters, Burnett and Breanna Richardson to put them on top 62-57. Southern Wesleyan went on to win the game 59-63.
Southern Wesleyan will next travel to Banner Elk, NC to take on the Lees-McRae Bobcats at 5:30 p.m. on December 12. They will then return to Historic Tysinger Gymnasium on December 15 to host their Conference Carolinas opener against the University of Mount Olive Trojans at 2 p.m.