CENTRAL, S.C. – After getting the upper hand in the season's first meeting, the Warriors were unable to sweep Mount Olive as the Trojans won 83-68 on Wednesday night in Tysinger Gymnasium.
The Warriors overcame a 16-point second half deficit to close to within five at 65-60 as Bri Seda scored a layup after a three from Brooke Strickland with 6:40 to play. The Trojans unleashed an 11-0 run over the next three minutes to take a 16 point lead again with 3:23 to play.
SWU managed to shoot just 33.3 percent from the floor but stayed close by making six triples and shooting 18 of 24 (75 percent) from the free throw line. Christiana Perkins connected on 3 of 4 from downtown and finished with nine points. Bri Seda led the team with 15 points on 5 of 18 shooting. The senior made 5 of 7 from the free throw line.
The Trojans didn't make a three on the day, missing all 12 attempts but still shot 52.1 percent (37 of 71). UMO also didn't shoot well from the free throw line, making just 9 of 21 (42.9 percent).
Arieal Johnson led UMO and all players with 33 points, 20 in the first half, and 11 rebounds. Johnson made 15 of 17 from the floor, most coming right underneath the basket as the 6-4 center used her size to overwhelm the Warriors. Ty Wallace added 22 points for UMO.
The Warriors got 14 points from Shyla Coleman as the senior made 5 of 10 from the floor and 4 of 6 from the free throw line. Coleman also grabbed five boards. Seda led the team with nine rebounds including five of the offensive variety. She also had three assists.
SWU will hit the road this weekend for a return trip to King. The Tornado defeated the Warriors 61-48 in Tysinger back on Jan. 13. Saturday's game is set to begin at 2 p.m.