CENTRAL, S.C. – Southern Wesleyan women's basketball shook off a shaky shooting night to down Bob Jones 64-56 on Thursday night in a nonconference matchup at Tysinger Gymnasium.
Both teams shot just 34 percent overall in the game. The Warriors (2-4) were led by a balanced attack as Bri Seda recorded 14 points to pace the club. Chelsie Waters added a season-high 13 points, thanks in part to a 6 for 6 performance from the free throw line. Cayse Branyon also scored a season-high with 13 points coming off the bench. The sophomore knocked down three 3 pointers. She also led the team with eight rebounds.
The Warriors held Bob Jones (3-8) scoreless for the first 4:24 and led 7-0. The Bruins hit back-to-back treys to close the gap to one at 7-6. The Warriors slowly pushed the lead out to 10 at 20-10 as Seda scored off an offensive rebound with 7:38 to play in the first half. The lead grew to 13 before settling at 12 as BJU's Kourtney Hoefler made one of two free throws at the close of the half to send the game to intermission at 33-21.
SWU quickly pushed the lead to 15 in the second half and looked like they were going to cruise to the finish line, leading by double digits for the majority of the half. Bob Jones reeled off nine straight to turn a 14-point deficit into a tight five point game at 56-51 with 2:47 to play.
Waters made two free throws and Gabrielle Bates scored off a pass from Seda to push the lead back to nine with 2:04 to play but Sha'Ron Brunson hit a three off an offensive rebound on the next possession for BJU. After two missed chances for the Warriors, Maggi Ford was fouled and made both free throws to close to within four at 60-56 with 33 seconds left.
That's as close as the Bruins got as the Warriors made 4 of 6 free throws down the stretch to ice the game while Bob Jones failed to score.
Christiana Perkins had a solid all-around game, scoring nine points on 3 of 6 shooting and adding five rebounds, five assists and four steals. Waters also had five assists. Noelle van Zadelhoff returned to the starting lineup and recorded seven points, seven rebounds and four blocks.
The Warriors made just 5 of 17 from downtown but made their chances count at the free throw line, making 15 of 19 from the charity stripe. Bob Jones was able to keep the game close by knocking down eight treys but connected on just 12 of 20 from the free throw line. Maggi Ford led the Bruins with 17 points while Kendra Jeffcott recorded 13.
The Warriors will close out the semester with a conference game at Pfeiffer on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. SWU will play two exhibition contests against NCAA I schools on Dec. 13 and 15 before being off until January.