Central, S.C. – The Warriors won their second game in Conference Carolina competition to Belmont Abbey College 78-71 on Saturday, January 14.
Four Warriors posted double figures in the win. Tatiana Manuel led the Warriors with 25 points in the game. She was followed by Breanna Richardson (15), Aneysa Williams (11) and Tomi Sanchez (10). Manuel also led the team in rebounds with 13. She was followed by Tatiyana Mahone with eight. Manuel posted four blocks in the Warrior victory.
The Warriors made 38 rebounds as a team in the win compared to the 44 rebounds made by Belmont Abbey. Southern Wesleyan posted a field goal percentage of 41.5% while Belmont Abbey boasted a 41.2%. There were 15 assists made by Southern Wesleyan. Tatiyana Mahone led the team with four of the assists. Mahone was followed in assists by Aneysa Williams with four.
Williams led the Warriors in steals with five. She was closely followed by Cayse Branyon with three. The Warriors had 16 turnovers in the contest.
Final: Southern Wesleyan 78, Belmont Abbey 71
Records: Southern Wesleyan (4-9 / CC 2-7), Belmont Abbey (7-7 / CC 5-4)
Coach Davis Says…
"I was really pleased with our team's effort today. We answered Belmont-Abbey's runs throughout the game and when they tied it at 64, we were effective on the offensive end, which was great to see. We need to continue to get better as a team and continue to trust each other through this process."
How It Happened
The Warriors struck first on a layup by senior Tatiana Manuel in the game versus the Belmont Abbey Crusaders Saturday afternoon, however, the Crusaders countered with a layup by Taylor Gittings. Despite their quick lead, the Crusaders moved up to a 7-4 lead over the Warriors with back-to-back shots by Morgan Midkiff and Taylor Johnson. Breanna Richardson made a three-point jump shot to bring the Warriors within two behind the Crusaders. With seconds left in the first quarter of the game, Manuel made a layup to give the Warriors a one point advantage.
Kristen Smith made a 3-point jump shot at the start of the second quarter to give the Warriors a 19-15 lead over the Crusaders. A 3-point jump shot by Breanna Richardson allowed Southern Wesleyan to lengthen their lead to 26-22. Tatiana Manuel, scoring five points in a minutes time, allowed the Warriors to take a 35-27 lead. After two freebies for Belmont Abbey, the Warriors were leading 35-29 at half-time.
Belmont Abbey would not let it be easy for the Warriors as Taylor Gittings made back-to-back shots to allow the Crusaders to be only two points behind Southern Wesleyan and making the score 35-33. Southern Wesleyan countered with layups by Aneysa Williams and Tatiana Manuel to give the Warriors a 6-point lead over Belmont Abbey. The Crusaders and the Warriors dueled throughout the third quarter, countering each of their shots within seconds of each basket. By the end of the third quarter, the Warriors were leading 56-51.
Three minutes past in the fourth quarter until either team could put more points on the board. Tatiana Manuel put the first points on the board for either team, giving the Warriors two more to make their lead 58-51 over the Crusaders. Belmont Abbey's Gabrielle Bethel made a jump shot to bring the Crusaders to within six points of the Warriors, however the Warriors lengthened their lead to 64-55 on a layup by Tomi Sanchez. The Crusaders were not done, tying the game at 64 on a free throw by Bethel. Southern Wesleyan countered quickly, putting two on the board on a layup by Tatiyana Mahone and then back-to-back layups by Cayse Branyon to allow the Warriors to take a 70-64 lead. The Warriors took their second Conference Carolina victory by a score of 78-71.
The Warriors will travel to King University on Monday, January 16 to take on the Tornado at 5:30 p.m. They will then return home for the next four games to compete against North Greenville, Pfeiffer, Mount Olive and Barton.