CENTRAL, S.C. – Southern Wesleyan couldn't keep pace with Emmanuel's hot shooting as the Warriors fell by the score of 80-57 on Saturday afternoon in Tysinger Gymnasium.
Emmanuel's Ashley Skelton knocked down four triples in the first four points, scoring 15 of the Lions' first 17 points to build a 17-9 lead. She finished with a game-high 20 points.
The Warriors were never able to get closer than seven after that initial surge from Emmanuel. SWU was able to cut into a 14-point Lions lead towards the end of the first half with a quick 5-0 run that pulled the home team to within nine, 40-31, at halftime. SWU's Cayse Branyon made one of two free throws to start the second half and pull within eight.
SWU got within seven at 44-37 with 17:47 left as Shyla Coleman made a layup but from there the Lions went on an 18-2 run to put the game out of reach in the final 10 minutes.
The Warriors were led by Branyon's 16 points and four rebounds. The sophomore also had two assists and two steals. Bri Seda joined Branyon in double figures with 13 points on 5 of 10 shooting.
SWU shot just 31.3 percent from the floor and made just 5 of 18 (27.8 percent) from long range. Emmanuel countered at 44.1 percent overall and 11 of 21 (52.4 percent) from deep. Neither team was good at the free throw line as SWU made just 10 of 20 as Emmanuel made 9 of 17.
Noelle van Zadelhoff came off the bench to grab seven rebounds for the Warriors including four on the offensive end. SWU was outrebounded by a margin of 59-34. The Lions had 25 offensive boards which led to 26 second chance points. The Warriors had just 11 second chance points.
The Warriors will make the return trip to Franklin Springs towards the end of the season on Feb. 21.
SWU is back in action on Tuesday to wrap up a four-game home stand as they host the Barton Bulldogs. Tip is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.