Central, S.C. – Southern Wesleyan fell to the Queens University Royals in a final score of 65-46 on Saturday evening.
The Warriors went 14-63 in field goals and 4-20 in three-point shots in the loss. Tatiyana Mahone led the Warriors with 12 points, followed by Breanna Richardson with 11 and Aneysa Williams with 10. Three Warriors each had two assists apiece. Southern Wesleyan posted 32 rebounds in the loss. Four Warriors led with five rebounds apiece. The Warriors posted five blocks, with Noelle Van Zadelhoff leading with three. Mahone led the team with three steals.
Final: Queens (N.C.) 65, Southern Wesleyan 46
Records: Southern Wesleyan (0-2), Queens (N.C.) (2-1)
How It Happened
The Royals struck first taking an early 6-0 lead, before free throws from Breanna Richardson put the Warriors on the board. The Royals continued to extend their lead, when a three-pointer from Aneysa Williams put the Warriors within three. Queens held the Warriors until Williams made three free throws and a layup to help them close the gap. The Warriors fought hard with a layup from Tatiyana Mahone and a jump shot from Richardson to put the Warriors behind just 15-19. A three-pointer from Jessica Sparks helped the Warriors to narrow the lead. At the end of the first quarter the Royals led 19-18.
The Warriors struck first in the second quarter with a layup from Noelle Van Zadelhoff to take the lead 20-19 before the Royals quickly countered to regain the lead with a layup from Ceara Leavai. The Warriors tied it back up with a layup from Mahone. It was back and forth before a jump shot from Lade Adepoju of the Royals pulled them ahead 30-26. The Warriors continued to battle with free throws from Aneysa Williams put them within four going into half time. The Royals led at the half 32-28.
The Royals struck first in the third quarter with back-to-back shots, extending their lead to 38-28. Tatiyana Mahone made a jump shot to give the Warriors their first basket in the second half. The Warriors battled with a three-pointer from Breanna Richardson and free throws from Mahone to bring the score to 35-43. Shots from Richardson weren't enough as the Royals extended their lead to 52-41 at the end of the third quarter.
The Royals came out with back-to-back shots again in the fourth quarter before a layup from Tatiyana Mahone put the Warriors back in the game. The Royals pressured again making two layups to put them up 65-43. Kasey Howard and Jessica Sparks each made a free throw, but it wasn't enough as the Royals went on to win the game 65-46.
Southern Wesleyan will remain at home on November 21 at 5:30 p.m. to take on the Emmanuel College Lions in Conference Carolinas play. They will then hit the road to take on the Lees-McRae Bobcats on November 28 at 5:30 p.m.