Warriors Pick Up First Conference Win at Pfeiffer

Courtesy Bolton Photo
Courtesy Bolton Photo

MISENHEIMER, N.C. – Southern Wesleyan women's basketball picked up their first Conference Carolinas win on Saturday night, defeating Pfeiffer 75-68. The Warriors were led by three players in double figures as Christiana Perkins led the way with 19 points.

The Warriors (3-4, 1-3 CC) trailed for nearly the entire first half before taking a 34-33 lead with 1:46 before halftime as Brooke Strickland made a layup. SWU closed the half on a 9-0 run as Cayse Branyon capped it off her only three of the game as the Warriors took a 41-33 lead into the break.

Pfeiffer (2-4, 1-3 CC) were finally able to get back on top late in the second half after the Warriors had pushed their lead out to 11 at 55-44. The Falcons took a 66-64 lead after Carter Williams made a pair of free throws with 4:47 to play, that followed three ties in a one minute stretch.

Chelsie Waters converted a three-point play on the next possession for SWU as the Warriors retook the lead for good at 67-66 with 4:28 to go. Pfeiffer turned it over on back-to-back possessions as Brooke Strickalnd made a pair of free throws and Noelle van Zadelhoff converted a basket in the paint to push the lead out to 71-66.

Down the stretch the Falcons made just 1 of 5 field goal attempts and turned the ball over four times as the Warriors held on for the 75-68 win.

Both teams shot 39 percent overall for the game as the teams combined for 74 free throw attempts. SWU wasn't particularly good at the line but was starkly better than the home team as the Warriors made 25 of 39 at the stripe. Pfeiffer made just 17 of 35 from the free throw line.

The Warriors forced 20 Pfeiffer turnovers which resulted in 24 SWU points. The Warriors protected the ball better with just 15 giveaways which resulted in just 11 Falcon points.

Perkins led all players with 19 points on 7 of 15 shooting. The forward knocked down 3 of 4 from beyond the arc and also pulled down five rebounds. Bri Seda was in double figures for the seventh time in eight games with 15 points. The senior scored nine points from the line where she made 16 attempts. Cayse Branyon added 14 points off the bench, hitting 4 of 7 from the floor and 5 of 6 at the line.

The Warriors will play two exhibition contests against NCAA I schools before the end of the month. First, the Warriors travel to Furman next Saturday for a 2 p.m. tilt before taking on Presbyterian on Monday, Dec. 15. SWU returns to regular season competition at home on January 2 against Converse.