OAHU, HAWAII- Four players scored in double-digits for Southern Wesleyan in its 67-62 victory over Chaminade in their first game of the Oahu Christmas Classic.
Taylor Vinson led the team with 13 points and six rebounds. Aneysa Williams scored 12 points and dished out four assists. Tomi Sanchez scored 11 points and pulled in three rebounds. Brooke Strickland scored ten points, grabbed five rebounds, and had three steals.
The Silverswords (3-4) started off the game with an 8-4 run in the first quarter. The Warriors (4-5) countered with an 11-10 run to cut the lead to three points at the end of the quarter. Southern Wesleyan went on a 24-10 run in the second quarter to give them an 11-point lead entering halftime.
"We had a sluggish start and I was pleased with our response after falling behind 16-10," said Warriors Head Coach John Davis, "We attacked really well from an offensive standpoint, but our defensive effort in the first half is what got us going."
Chaminade cut the deficit to five points by the end of the third quarter. They cut the lead to four points with a 10-9 run to start the fourth quarter, but that would be the closest the game would get as Southern Wesleyan outscored the Silverswords 9-8 the rest of the way to close out the game.
Davis said, "We need to finish games better and we will learn from this game. We are extremely blessed to have the opportunity to represent Southern Wesleyan in Hawaii."
The Warriors play Truman in their second game of the Oahu Christmas Classic tomorrow Dec. 18 at 7 pm.