MT. OLIVE, N.C. - The Southern Wesleyan women's team fell 78-49 at Mount Olive on Tuesday night. The Warriors are 2-3 on the young season and move to 1-1 in Conference Carolinas.
Despite scoring 37 combined points in the second and third quarters, the Warriors only scored six points in both the first and fourth quarters to allow the Trojans to gain and then extend a lead in the game.
"Our sluggish start set the tone for a majority of the game, unfortunately," said Warriors head coach John Davis. "I felt we were in a good spot heading into halftime, but Mount Olive really played well in the second half."
Kristen Smith led the Warriors with 14 points in the contest, 12 of which came in the first half of play. Abigail Welch followed with eight points, nine rebounds, and three steals in 20 minutes of play. In total, 14 players saw action for SWU with 10 scoring atleast one point.
The Trojans had four players in double figures, led by Ni'ya Styles who finished with 18. Daria Simmons had 17 points and was two rebounds shy of a double-double.
The Trojans shot 49% from the field while holding the Warriors to just 24.3%. SWU had an advantage in bench points 32-20, but the Trojans had an 20 point advantage on points in the paint (36-16). Mount Olive also won the battle of the bounds, pulling down 53 rebounds as opposed to SWU's 37.
"We need a full team effort when we take the court," said Davis. "That is the expectation for our program. Mount Olive forced us to rush our offense and defensively we struggled containing the attack. We will move forward as a team."
The Warriors return to action Thursday, Dec. 3 at 5:30 p.m. against Bob Jones University. The game will be held in Tysinger Gymnasium on the campus of Southern Wesleyan. Southern Wesleyan won the first matchup against Bob Jones 67-49 on Nov. 20.