Central, SC – Southern Wesleyan defeats the Limestone College for the first time since 1997 in a 70-69 final score on Friday night.
In an exciting upset, the Warriors went 23 for 62 in field goals and six for 17 in three point shots. They shot 66.7% at the free throw line in the win. Five Warriors posted over 10 points. Jessica Sparks and Aneysa Williams led the team with 16 points each. They were followed by Breanna Richardson with 14 points, and Noelle Van Zadelhoff and Tatiyana Mahone with 10 points each. Richardson went on to lead the Warriors with seven assists.
Tatiyana Mahone and Noelle Van Zadelhoff ended the evening with double-doubles. Mahone led the team with 14 rebounds and Van Zadelhoff followed her with 10. Breanna Richardson stole the ball from the Saints six times. Van Zadelhoff added to her night with three blocked shots.
Final: Southern Wesleyan 70, Limestone 69
Records: Southern Wesleyan (3-8 / CC 2-3), Limestone (10-3 / CC 5-1)
Coach Davis says…
"Hard to put into words how special tonight's game was. I am so happy for our team and every alumni that ever put on that Warriors jersey. We had a good game plan going in, and the team responded well and executed throughout. Even when Limestone went up three in the overtime, our team kept fighting. We need to keep taking these steps as a program; to put team first, work hard and continue to grow in their belief of one another. Converse is coming here tomorrow and we must take the step of moving forward and not being satisfied with just tonight."
How It Happened
The Saints jumped out early on a layup by Aaliyah Davis, but the Warriors countered on a layup and free throw by Breanna Richardson to come to 3-4 behind Limestone. A three point shot by Jessica Sparks allowed the Warriors to tie the game and then a layup by Aneysa Williams gave Southern Wesleyan a two point advantage over the Saints. The Saints regained control, but a layup by Sparks kept the Warriors in the game.
Southern Wesleyan jumped ahead in the second quarter on a layup by Tatiyana Mahone to give them a 15-14 lead. Free throws by Taylour Hunter allowed the Saints to regain the lead, but the Warriors tied the game on a free throw by Mahone. The Warriors countered the Saints every shot. A jump shot by Breanna Richardson allowed them to come to 22-21 behind Limestone. Shots by Jessica Sparks and Aneysa Williams allowed the Warriors to take a 26-25 point lead. At the half, the Warriors and Saints were tied 30-30.
A jump shot by Noelle Van Zadelhoff allowed the Warriors to take a 32-30 point lead early on in the third quarter. The Saints countered, but a layup by Breanna Richardson allowed the Warriors to maintain the lead. Three point shots by Van Zadelhoff and Aneysa Williams allowed Southern Wesleyan to lengthen their lead to 40-34. A layup by Williams gave the Warriors a 10 point lead, their greatest lead of the evening. Limestone fought back, shortening the Warriors lead to 43-46 on a three point shot by Jayla Morrow. Shots by Kasey Howard and Jessica Sparks allowed the Warriors to take a 51-43 lead going into the fourth quarter.
Limestone made back-to-back layups by Jasmine Richardson to shorten Southern Wesleyan's lead to 47-51. Free throws by Aneysa Williams and a layup by Breanna Richardson allowed the Warriors to keep their lead. The Saints would not go down quietly to the Warrior underdogs as Jasmine Richardson sunk a layup and Keidra Smith made a three point shot to shorten Southern Wesleyan's lead to 56-59. The Saints tied the game to force overtime on a three point shot by Smith.
Forcing the Saints into overtime, Southern Wesleyan struck first on a free throw by Aneysa Williams to take a 63-62 point lead. Limestone rallied back, taking a three point lead on a jump shot by Jasmine Richardson. However, the Warriors fought back on a layup by Noelle Van Zadelhoff and free throws by Breanna Richardson to put them down 68-69 to Limestone. With seconds left in the first overtime, the Saints fouled the Warriors to allow Jessica Sparks to come to the line. Sparks sunk both her free throws to give the Warriors a 70-69 victory over the Saints.
Southern Wesleyan will remain at home on January 6 as they take on the Converse Valkyries at 4 p.m. They will then travel to Tigerville, South Carolina as they take on the North Greenville Crusaders on January 10th at 5:30 p.m.