Central, SC – Southern Wesleyan fell in a close game to the Limestone Saints on Tuesday afternoon in a 98-91 final score.
The Warriors shot 54.4% from the field and 44.4% from the three point line in the loss to the Saints. Four Warriors posted double digits, with Emily Waters leading the team with 19 points. Waters was followed by Jessica Sparks with 18, Breanna Richardson with 15 and Tanayja Williams with 12. Southern Wesleyan had 32 rebounds with Lisana Burnett leading the team with six. She was followed by Iva Krstevska and Halee Morrison each with five rebounds. Burnett and Krstevska led the team with four assists apiece. Three Warriors recorded steals.
Final: Limestone 98, Southern Wesleyan 91
Records: Southern Wesleyan (6-8 / CC 1-5) Limestone (9-6 / CC 6-2)
Coach Davis says…
"I was proud of our team's effort tonight. We should be able to win a game that you score 91 points in, but our detail on the defensive end suffered. Our team needs this effort every night and to become more detailed and focused on getting better in all facets of their lives. I like our group and feel that we have the people in place to move our program forward."
How It Happened
Limestone jumped out first, but a layup by Lisana Burnett allowed the Warriors to tie the game 2-2. Southern Wesleyan pulled ahead on baskets by Iva Krstevska and Denisha Hall to take a 6-2 point advantage over the Saints. A three point shot by Jessica Sparks put the Warriors on top 13-8, but the Saints countered with a three point shot by Niya Goudelock to tie the game.
Southern Wesleyan kicked off the second quarter with free throws by Tanajya Williams to allow them to maintain the lead over Limestone. Back-to-back layups by Jessica Sparks and Williams pushed the Warriors lead to 24-17. The Saints continued to pressure the Warriors every shot, taking a 40-33 point advantage at the half.
The Saints extended their lead to 42-33 on a jump shot by Taylour Hunter. Southern Wesleyan would not let that dampen their spirits as Denisha Hall made a layup and Jessica Sparks sunk a three point shut to cut the Saints lead to 38-42. A three point shot by Breanna Richardson put the Warriors within three points of the Saints. Shots by Emily Waters and Richardson kept Southern Wesleyan close to the Saints and made the score 55-60.
Limestone led off the fourth quarter on a jump shot by Taylour Hunter, but a jump shot by Breanna Richardson kept Southern Wesleyan within three. The Warriors continued to challenge the Saints with baskets by Richardson, Emily Waters and Tanajya Williams, putting the Warriors down 74-75 with just over five minutes left to play. Jessica Sparks and Iva Krstevska sunk three point shots with a minute to play and put Southern Wesleyan down 91-94. The Saints went on to win the game 98-91.
Southern Wesleyan will remain at home on January 12 as they host the Belmont Abbey Crusaders at 2 p.m. They will then travel to Franklin Springs, GA to take on the Emmanuel Lions on January 16 at 5:30 p.m. The Warriors will remain on the road on January 19 as they travel to Gaffney, SC to play the Limestone Saints.