Bristol, TN – Southern Wesleyan defeated the King Tornado in a 68-67 final score on Saturday afternoon.
Southern Wesleyan shot 37.7% from the field and went 30.8% from beyond the three point line in the victory over the King Tornado. Four Warriors posted double digit points with Emily Waters leading the team with 16. Waters was followed by Iva Krstevska with 12 and Breanna Richardson and Denisha Hall with 11 points apiece. Waters led the team with three of the Warriors four assists.
Southern Wesleyan posted 41 rebounds with Lisana Burnett leading the team with 13. Emily Waters followed with 10 rebounds to give her a double-double game. The Warriors had 10 steals with Burnett leading the team with four. Burnett went on to record the lone block of the game for the Warriors.
Final: Southern Wesleyan 68, King 67
Records: Southern Wesleyan (8-14 / CC 3-11) King (11-9 / CC 7-6)
Coach Davis says…
"Proud of the team. We showed some grit today and stepped up in a pressure situation against a well-coached and good team on the road. We have been rebounding better which is a step for us. We need to continue to work hard and move forward as a team."
How It Happened
Southern Wesleyan kicked off the game with a three point jump shot by Jessica Sparks to put the Warriors on top 3-0. The Tornado countered with a jump shot by Trinity Lee, but back-to-back layups by Lisana Burnett and Breanna Richardson allowed the Warriors to take an 8-4 point lead over the Tornado. The Warriors continued to push their lead ahead as Iva Krstevska and Denisha Hall made baskets to extend their lead to 15-8.
Iva Krstevska kicked off the second quarter with a three point basket to put the Warriors lead at 27-8. They continued to pressure the Tornado defense as baskets by Emily Waters and Denisha Hall gave Southern Wesleyan a 22-point advantage over King. A three point basket by Kiki Samsel cut the Warriors lead to nineteen. The Tornado continued to fight back, but the Warriors maintained a ten point lead on a layup by Breanna Richardson. The Warriors led the Tornado 40-34 at the half.
Southern Wesleyan kicked off the third quarter with a jump shot by Breanna Richardson to put them ahead by eight points. However, the Tornado responded with a layup by Desiree Bates to make the score 42-36. King continued to pressure the Warriors defense, but a three point basket by Denisha Hall gave the Southern Wesleyan a 51-42 point advantage. The Tornado tied the game on a layup by Kiki Samsel and then took a three point lead on a 3-point basket by Ryleigh Fritz.
The Warriors would not be silenced as Lisana Burnett made a layup and free throw to tie the game 55-55. Back-to-back layups by Burnett allowed the Warriors to take a two point lead, but the lead was short lived as Makenzy Bennett sunk a 3-point shot for the Tornado to put them on top 60-59. Despite a last second three point basket by Kristen Cupples, the Warriors went on to win the game in a 68-67 final score.
Southern Wesleyan will next travel to Spartanburg, SC to take on the Converse Valkyries on February 6. They will remain on the road on February 9 as they travel to Wilson, NC to take on the Barton Bulldogs at 2 p.m. The Warriors will then return to Historic Tysinger Gymnasium on February 12 as they host the North Greenville Crusaders at 5:30 p.m.