Central, SC – Southern Wesleyan fought back from behind to defeat the King Tornado on Senior Night in a 79-74 final score.
The Warriors shot 47.4% from the field and went 42.1% from the three point line in the victory over the Tornado. Emily Waters led the Warriors with 28 points. Waters was followed by Iva Krstevska with 18, Tanayja Williams with 12 and Denisha Hall with 10. Southern Wesleyan posted 14 assists with Kstevska leading the team with six.
Southern Wesleyan had 34 rebounds with Emily Waters recording 10 to give her a double-double. Waters was followed by Lisana Burnett with seven rebounds and Lonesha Lee with six. Denisha Hall led the way with three of the five steals and Waters led the team with two blocks.
Final: Southern Wesleyan 79, King 74
Records: Southern Wesleyan (10-18 / 5-15) King (14-13 / 10-10)
Coach Davis says…
"We showed some great resolve tonight as a team. King really came out playing well and had us on our heels defensively. We said at halftime that if we had a defensive presence and lessened our turnovers that we could turn the game around. This team set a new bar for other teams to reach for on the court, which is a positive for our program. We want to always make sure we are honoring God with all we do in this program on-and-off the court and growing our young ladies from the inside out."
How It Happened
The King Tornado took an early lead on back-to-back layups by Kristen Cupples and Ali Golden, however a three point shot by Jessica Sparks put the Warriors on the board. King continued to push ahead, but Southern Wesleyan challenged back on a three pointer by Iva Krstevska and a layup by Emily Waters to put them down 12-8. A 3-pointer by Krstevska put the Warriors within five points with four minutes left in the first quarter.
Southern Wesleyan kicked off the second quarter with layups by Denisha Hall and Emily Waters to put the Warriors down 30-22 to the Tornado. Back-to-back 3-pointers by Kiki Samsel and Kristen Cupples allowed the Tornado to extend their lead to 38-22. However the Warriors continued to fight as Tanayja Williams made a three point basket to put the warriors down 11 points to the Tornado. The Tornado continued to lead 48-35 at the half.
The Tornado took the first points of the third quarter off a layup by Ali Golden, but the Warriors fought back seconds later as Emily Waters sunk a jump shot. Southern Wesleyan continued to pressure with back-to-back baskets by Jessica Sparks and Waters to make the score 52-41. Three point baskets by Denisha Hall and Tanayja Williams brought the Warriors to 60-49 behind the Tornado.
Southern Wesleyan continued to chip away at King's lead as Iva Krstevska made a three pointer and Emily Waters sunk a jump shot. A 3-pointer by Krstevska put the Warriors down one 69-70 and then free throws by Waters allowed the Warriors to take the lead. The Tornado challenged back, but a layup and free throws by Iva Kstevska allowed the Warriors to push their lead to 79-74 and win the game.