Waters Lifts Warriors Over Mount Olive

Courtesy Bolton Photo
Courtesy Bolton Photo

MOUNT OLIVE, N.C. – Chelsie Waters poured in a season-high 22 points as Southern Wesleyan came away with a big road conference win on Wednesday night, upending Mount Olive 65-49.

SWU held the Trojans to just 16 first half points and held UMO scoreless over the final 5:31 of the half. The Warriors ended the half on an 11-0 run.

Waters scored 20 of her 22 points in the second half as the junior went to the free throw line 12 times in the half, making 11. The guard notched 20 points for the first time all season, and reached double digits for just the fourth time this season.  Waters made 4 of 5 from the field in the second half and 5 of 8 for the game. She also added six assists and three steals in the game.

The Warriors built their lead up to 14 in the first five minutes of the second half as Waters made back-to-back layups to put the team up 32-18. The Trojans rallied to cut the margin back down to six as UMO reeled off eight straight points.

SWU's largest lead came in the final seconds as Waters capped off a 9 of 11 stretch at the free throw line over the final 57 seconds. The Warriors finished the game 16 of 20 from the free throw line as both teams struggled from the floor.

The Warriors made just 39 percent (23 of 59) while the Trojans shot a woeful 26 percent (17 of 65). Both teams made three triples but struggled at 27 percent (SWU) and 14 percent (UMO). Mount Olive pulled down 50 rebounds including 20 offensive boards while the Warriors grabbed just 39 overall. SWU forced 26 UMO turnovers as Christiana Perkins added four steals to Waters' three.

Perkins also added 12 points and a team-high nine rebounds. Shyla Coleman registered 10 points and five rebounds as Gabrielle Bates added eight points and six rebounds.

The Warriors will host Mount Olive on Feb. 11. SWU will return home for a four-game home stand beginning on Saturday as Lees-McRae makes the return trip to Tysinger. The Bobcats defeated the Warriors 68-66 back in November. Saturday's game will tip at 2 p.m.