GREENVILLE, S.C. – Southern Wesleyan nearly overcome a 19-point second half deficit on Saturday night but came up short, losing 53-50 to Bob Jones in the regular season finale.
The Bruins turned a seven-point halftime lead into a 19-point margin midway through the second half with a 17-5 start to the half. The Warriors shot just 16 percent in the first half in scoring a season-low 13 points. Bri Seda scored six of those 13. She finished with a game-high 18 points.
The second half was better for the Warriors as the team knocked down 33 percent from the floor and made half of their 10 3-point attempts. Cayse Branyon's lone triple of the game came with just four seconds left as the Warriors pulled to within one at 51-50. After a foul and two free throws from Hannah Tompkins, the Warriors turned the ball over on the in-bounds to end the game.
After falling behind by 19 the Warriors scored the next nine points and 17 of 20 to climb back in the game with four minutes left, trailing 40-34. The Bruins pushed the lead back to double digits at 11, 47-36, on a three from Maggi Ford with 2:16 to play but the Warriors again rallied.
Christiana Perkins hit a jumper and was followed by a three from Chelsie Waters. After a free throw from the Bruins, Seda made back-to-back jumpers to bring the Warriors within three at 48-45. Another free throw from BJU pushed the lead to four but Seda made a pair from the charity stripe with less than a minute to play.
After a turnover from Bob Jones the Warriors had four chances to tie the game or take the lead under 30 seconds to play. Seda missed a jumper but Perkins grabbed the offensive rebound. Perkins' three was blocked but she got her own rebound. After a miss by Branyon, Perkins again grabbed an offensive rebound and was fouled. She missed both free throws as Tompkins made the first two of her four free throws down the stretch for the Bruins.
Perkins scored 10 points and pulled down a game-high 13 rebounds, including five on the offensive end. She also had three steals. In addition to Seda's scoring effort, the senior added seven steals and five rebounds.
The Warriors are slated to host the NCCAA South Region Tournament. The event is scheduled to begin on March 12 in Tysinger Gymnasium. More details will be announced as teams are solidified in the event.