CENTRAL, S.C. – Southern Wesleyan fell behind 22-0 en route to a 74-41 defeat at the hands of nationally-ranked Limestone on Saturday night in a Conference Carolinas matchup. The Warriors fought back to trail by just five at halftime before the Saints pulled away in the second half.
After going down 22-0 in the first 7:18, the Warriors outscored Limestone 21-4 the remainder of the half. The Saints shot just 29 percent (11 of 37) in the first half after making 10 of their first 17 attempts. The Warriors shot 33 percent (8 of 24) in the first half but commited 16 turnovers that led to 14 points for the Saints.
SWU turned the ball over 29 times in the game as Limestone's defense converted those into 30 points. Limestone also scored 25 fast break points thanks to those turnovers. For the game Limestone shot 44 percent after connecting at a 60 percent clip in the game. The Warriors shot just 20 percent in the second half and 26 percent for the game. Limestone pulled down 51 rebounds in the game compared to just 28 for the Warriors.
Brooke Strickland led the Warriors with 11 points off the bench. The sophomore made 4 of 10 field goal attempts and 3 of 7 from beyond the arc. Christiana Perkins and Shyla Coleman added seven points each. Perkins also grabbed a team-high seven rebounds. Chelsie Waters led the team with four assists.
Limestone had five players in double figures, led by Alicia Brookins' 14 points. Celestra Warren adaded a double double with 12 points and 14 rebounds.
The Warriors had closed the gap to just five at halftime but the Saints opened the second half with another big run to pull away. Limestone scored the first 14 points in the half to take a 40-21 lead and coasted to the finish.
Limestone is currently ranked No. 9 in the USA Today Top 25 Coaches Poll and No. 18 in the D2SIDA Media Poll.
These two teams will meet again this year, in Gaffney on Jan. 23. The Warriors are back in action on Wednesday at Mount Olive. Tip is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.