CENTRAL, S.C. - Two freshman set career highs and four Warriors finished in double figures as Southern Wesleyan defeated Erskine College 88-81 in Tysinger Gymnasium Tuesday night. The win was the second consecutive for John Davis' team that moves to 2-2 on the young season. Erskine falls to 0-5 with the loss.
Two freshmen led the Warriors offensively. Freshman Aneysa Williams led all players with 24 points, a season and career high. She also had one assist and two steals in 28 minutes of play. Tomi Sanchez added 16 points, four rebounds, and four assists while Shelby Gilbert and Brooke Strickland both finished with 15 points. The 16 points by Sanchez was also a career high for the freshman. Twelve Southern Wesleyan players saw action with 10 adding to the scoring column.
"I was really proud of the team's effort tonight," said Davis. "We had multiple players play well for us from offense to defense. We could have really gotten down when Erskine cut the lead to 3, but we were able to answer their run, which is a good step for this team."
The Warriors shot just under 50% from the field on the night at 49.1%. A big difference in the game was three-point shooting as Southern Wesleyan shot 52.9% in the game while holding Erskine to just 27.3%. The team's offensive production was spread evenly throughout the game as the Warriors scored 21, 25, 20, and 22 in the respective quarters.
"I feel we have multiple players that can play a big role for us each night and as long as we keep the team first mindset, we will continue to get better," said Davis. "This game is over now and we have a small break, as we will start preparing for a good Mount Olive team after Thanksgiving."
The Warriors play at Mt. Olive Tuesday, Dec. 1 at 5:30 p.m. and return home Thursday, Dec. 3 at 5:30 PM against Bob Jones. Southern Wesleyan defeated Bob Jones 67-49 on Nov. 20 in Greenville.