Anderson, S.C. – Southern Wesleyan fell to the Anderson University Trojans in a final score of 98-57 in their first game of the season.
The Warriors went 22-65 in field goals and 5-19 in three-point shots in the loss. Breanna Richardson led the team in field goals, going 8-12 in the game. Aneysa Williams led the team in three point shots, going 3-5 in the loss. Williams went on to lead the team at the free throw line, shooting 2-2. Richardson led the team with 18 points scored in the loss. She was followed by Williams with nine and Tatiyana Mahone with eight. Mahone went on to lead the team with four assists.
Southern Wesleyan posted 35 rebounds in the loss. Kasey Howard led the team with eight rebounds. She was closely followed by Noelle Van Zadelhoff with six rebounds in the loss. Tiana Sherman posted the lone block for the Warriors and led the team with three steals. Sherman was followed by Kasey Howard, Noelle Van Zadelhoff and Tatiyana Mahone each with one steal.
Final: Anderson 98, Southern Wesleyan 57
Records: Southern Wesleyan (0-1), Anderson (3-0)
Coach Davis says…
"I was pleased with our start to the game. We played at a high level and were able to make Anderson uncomfortable at times. We put ourselves into foul trouble in the second quarter and Anderson responded. We did not match Anderson's level in the third which was the separation. We saw good spots, but sustaining a high level of play is where we need to work toward against championship level opponents."
How It Happened
Southern Wesleyan pressured early, with the ladies passing the ball around the court on their side looking for a shot. Shawndre' Young shot from the three point line, but the ball went out of play off a Trojan so that the Warriors kept controll of the ball. Noelle van Zadelhoff passed the ball to Breanna Richardson who took it up to the net to give Southern Wesleyan a 2-0 lead. Back-to-back drives by Kasey Howard allowed the Warriors to take a 6-0 lead. With Southern Wesleyan leading 8-0, Erica Martin made two shots to allow the Trojans to cut the Warriors lead in half. With a little over three minutes left in the first quarter, the Trojans tied the game 8-8. The Anderson Trojans took an 11-8 point lead on a three point shot by Martin, however back-to-back layups by Tatiyana Mahone allowed the Warriors to regain the lead making the score 12-11.
With Anderson leading 17-12 going into the second quarter, Tatiyana Mahone drove the ball to the net to cut the Trojans lead to 17-14. Anderson pushed their lead to 21-16, but Aneysa Williams made a three-point shot to put the Warriors to 19-21 behind the Trojans. Anderson took a ten point lead on foul shots, but Kasey Howard cut the lead to eight on a layup making the score 21-29. With ten seconds left in the second quarter, Breanna Richardson drove the ball past the Trojan defense to score and end the first half with the Warriors down 42-25.
Breanna Richardson took a pass from Shawdre' Young to score and put the Warriors down 44-27. Young went on to score a three point shot to allow the Warriors to come to 30-48 behind Anderson. A jump shot by Breanna Richardson put the Warriors down 18 points. With seconds left in the third quarter, Tiana Sherman made a jump shot to put the Warriors 35-71 behind Anderson.
Anderson scored first in the fourth quarter, taking a 75-35 point lead. The Trojans pressured again, but Jessica Sparks stole the ball from their control and drove the ball to the net to cut the Anderson lead to 75-37. Back-to-back three point shots by Jessica Sparks and Aneysa Williams put Southern Wesleyan 43-79 behind. Breanna Richardson powered by the Trojan defense and made a running layup to put the score 53-90. Anderson won in a 98-57 final.
Southern Wesleyan will open at home on Saturday, November 18 at 4 p.m. as they take on the Queens Royals. They will remain at home on November 21 to open up Conference Carolinas action as they take on the Emmanuel College Lions at 5:30 p.m.