Central, SC – Southern Wesleyan fell to the Lees-McRae Bobcats in a 79-75 final on Monday afternoon in a thrilling game.
The Warriors shot 38.6% from the field and 100% from the free-throw line in the loss to the Bobcats. Emily Waters Led the team with 24 points. Waters was followed by Lisana Burnett with 11 and Denisha Hall with 10. Southern Wesleyan posted 34 rebounds with Burnett leading the team with 10 to give her a double-double. The Warriors had 13 assists with Iva Krstevska and Burnett led the team with three apiece. Jessica Sparks posted three of the 10 steals of the game.
Final: Lees-McRae 79, Southern Wesleyan 75
Records: Southern Wesleyan (6-12 / CC 1-9) Lees-McRae (9-10 / CC 6-6)
How It Happened
The Bobcats jumped out first as Brea Forbes made a jump shot, and extended their lead to 5-0 before free throws by Lisana Burnett put the Warriors on the board. Lees-McRae surged ahead, going on a 10-point run before a layup by Burnett put the Warriors down 15-4.
Lees-McRae led off the second quarter with a three point shot by Breana Hardnett, but the Warriors countered with a layup by Emily Waters. Southern Wesleyan continued to pressure the Lees-McRae defense as Waters and Lonesha Lee made back-to-back layups to cut the Bobcats lead to 30-22. Back-to-back three point baskets by Denisha Hall allowed the Warriors to trail 30-36 at half.
Southern Wesleyan continued the attack in the third quarter as Emily Waters made a layup. Free throws by Jessica Sparks and a layup by Iva Krstevska allowed the Warriors to tie the game at 36. The Warriors took a 46-45 point advantage on a three point basket by Krstevska and a jump shot by Breanna Richardson. The Bobcats continued to challenge the Warriors, but Southern Wesleyan kept it close as Denisha Hall made a layup to keep the game tied 50-50.
Back-to-back layups by Emily Waters and Lonesha Lee kept the Warriors within two points of the Bobcats. Southern Wesleyan continued to press ahead as Waters made a layup to tie the game at 63-points apiece. The Bobcats challenged, but a three point basket by Breanna Richardson allowed the Warriors to maintain the lead. Despite a three point basket by Iva Krstevska, the Warriors fell to the Bobcats 79-75.
Southern Wesleyan will remain at home on January 24 as they host the Erskine Flying Fleet at 5:30 p.m. They will then travel to Mount Olive, NC to take on the University of Mount Olive Trojans at 2 p.m. They will then return to Historic Tysinger Gymnasium on January 30 to host the Converse Valkyries at 5:30 p.m.