Banner Elk, NC – Southern Wesleyan picked up their first Conference Carolinas win of the season as they defeated the Lees-McRae Bobcats in a 93-88 final on Wednesday evening.
The Warriors shot 54.5% from the field and 50% from the three point line. Five Warriors posted double digits in points, with Iva Krstevska leading the team with 23 points. She was followed by Emily Waters with 18, Jessica Sparks with 15, Denisha Hall with 11 and Lisana Burnett with 10. Southern Wesleyan posted 43 rebounds with Emily Waters leading the team with 11 to give her a double-double in the victory over the Bobcats. Krstevska led the team with seven of the 19 assists. Shawndre' Young led the team with two steals and Waters led the team with three blocks.
Final: Southern Wesleyan 93, Lees-McRae 88
Records: Southern Wesleyan (6-4 / CC 1-2) Lees-McRae (4-5 / CC 1-2)
Coach Davis says…
"Awesome effort on the road tonight. Saw great perseverance when Lees-McRae made their run at us and our execution was solid. We are learning as a group each time out."
How It Happens
The Bobcats jumped out early, but the Warriors countered on a layup by Emily Waters. Lees-McRae regained the lead on free throws by Brea Forbes to take a 4-2 advantage over the Warriors. Despite a layup by Lonesha Lee, the Bobcats continued to push ahead to take a 16-6 point advantage on a three point shot by Markia Stacey. A three point shot by Iva Krstevska kept the Warriors within ten points and made the score 19-9. The Warriors continued to fight back with baskets by Waters and Krstevska to put the Warriors down 18-26.
A layup by Destiny Johnson allowed the Bobcats to regain a ten point lead. However, a jump shot by Lisana Burnett and a free throw by Denisha Hall allowed the Warriors to come to within five points and make the score 23-28. Southern Wesleyan continued to fight back with layups by Emily Waters and Iva Krstevska to put them down 29-32 to Lees-McRae. Krstevska sunk a three point shot to allow the Warriors to come within one point, and then free throws by Waters and Krstevska put the Warriors on top 38-37. Despite a jump shot by Breanna Richardson, the Bobcats led 42-41 at the half.
Lees-McRae took the first points of the third quarter on a three point shot by Markia Stacy to put them ahead 45-41. A layup by Iva Krstevska and a three point shot by Breanna Richardson allowed the Warriors to pull ahead to take a 46-45 point advantage over the Bobcats. Southern Wesleyan continued to push ahead as Jessica Sparks sunk a three point shot to give them a 49-45 point lead. Denisha Hall charged down the court with three jump shots in a row to give Southern Wesleyan a 10-point lead over Lees-McRae. Lees-McRae continued to challenge with a three point shot by Destiny Johnson, but Southern Wesleyan countered with a jump shot by Hall to put them on top 69-65. A three point shot by Jessica Sparks allowed the Warriors to take a 72-56 point advantage.
Southern Wesleyan kicked off the fourth quarter with a three point jump shot by Iva Krstevska to take a 75-57 point advantage. The Bobcats continued to challenge as Alexis Ammons made free throws and MacKenzie Blankenship sunk a three point shot, but the Warriors countered with a jump shot by Breanna Richardson and a layup by Lisana Burnett to maintain a 17-point lead. Lees-McRae fought back to come within 12 points on baskets by Meg Crawford and Brea Forbes. Markia Stacey made a three point shot to come within five points. The Warriors continued to push on as Lisana Burnett made a layup to give Southern Wesleyan an 83-76 point lead. The Warriors went on to win the game 93-88.
Southern Wesleyan will return to Historic Tysinger Gymnasium as they host their first Conference Carolinas game of the year against the University of Mount Olive Trojans on December 15 at 2 p.m. They will then take part in Christmas break before returning to the court on January 2 as they host USC Aiken at 2 p.m.