WILSON, N.C. – Southern Wesleyan women's basketball couldn't hold a six point halftime lead in falling to Barton 77-65 on Saturday night.
The Warriors shot 41.7 percent in the first half but regressed to 23.5 percent in the second half as the Lady Bulldogs outscored the Warriors 45-27 in the second half. Barton used a 14-2 run early in the second half to seize the lead at 46-43.
Bri Seda scored four straight points for the Warriors to take a 47-46 lead but a triple from Kaila Lea put Barton back on top by two. Seda knocked down a couple of free throws to tie the score before Tatyana Jackson hit a three for Barton to go back on top 52-49.
SWU came back to tie the game at 60-60 as Seda capped a 9-2 Warrior run with 6:00 minutes to play. Barton scored the next seven points to take control at 67-60 with 3:41 to play.
Seda finished with 24 points, tying a season-high set back on Nov. 15. Seda scored all 24 SWU bench points. Seda added a career-high 14 rebounds, nine coming on the offensive end. Seda accounted for over half of the team's 17 offensive rebounds. Despite the 17 offensive boards, the Warriors managed just 14 second chance points.
The Warriors finished the game shooting 32.9 percent from the floor and made just 2 of 8 from downtown. SWU did make 17 of 19 free throws.
Barton shot 40 percent from the floor but made just 3 of 13 from long range. The Lady Bulldogs made 22 of 24 from the charity stripe and pulled down 46 rebounds, 15 off of their own misses.
The Warriors return to action on Wednesday at home against Mount Olive. SWU defeated the Trojans 65-49 back in early January. Wednesday's game is set to tip at 5:30 p.m.