Warriors Win First Game of Season, Defeat Bob Jones 67-49

Warriors Win First Game of  Season, Defeat Bob Jones 67-49

GREENVILLE, S.C. - The Southern Wesleyan women's basketball team picked up its first win of the season with a 67-49 win at Bob Jones University Friday night. The Warriors are 1-2 on the season. 

Kristen Smith led all players with 16 points, 12 of which came from beyond the arc. The junior also added five rebounds and one steal in only 13 minutes of action. Chelsie Waters also finished in double figures with 12 points, and the senior also had three assists and three steals. Noelle Van Zadelhoff tallied 10 rebounds and four points in the game. Eleven SWU players got in on the scoring action. 

The Warrior offense came to life in the second quarter. With Bob Jones leading 19-13 after the first quarter, Southern Wesleyan had an 11-4 advantage in the second 10 minutes of action. The team would go on to win the scoring battle in the next two periods as well. The stingy Warrior defense held the Bruins to a 25.5% field goal percentage on the night.

"We played well defensively after a sluggish start," said head coach John Davis. "I was very pleased with our response to the slow start and pleased with how we played in the fourth quarter. Overall, it was a great team effort."

Three of Smith's threes came at a a crucial time in the fourth quarter and pushed SWU to a double digit lead.

The Warriors return to Tysinger Gym for the next contest, taking on Erskine College on Tuesday, Nov. 24 at 5:30 p.m. The game is the team's Epilepsy Awareness game. The SWU men's team will follow, also against Erskine, at 7:30 p.m.