Banner Elk, N.C. – The Warriors fell to the Lees-McRae College Bobcats in Conference Carolinas action on Saturday afternoon in a final score of 67-61.
Tatiyana Mahone led the Warriors with 15 points in the loss. She was followed by Tomi Sanchez with 12 points. Southern Wesleyan posted a 45.5% field goal percentage and went 5-9 at the free throw line. Sanchez led the team in assists with four of the 10 made by the Warriors. Sanchez was followed by Aneysa Williams and Gabrielle Bates with two apiece.
Southern Wesleyan posted 40 rebounds in the loss to the Bobcats. Tatiana Manuel led the Warriors with nine. She was followed by Mahone with eight and Sanchez with six. Three Warriors each had a block against the Lees-McRae Bobcats. Williams led the team in steals with three, followed by Sanchez with two.
Final: Lees-McRae 67, Southern Wesleyan 61
Records: Southern Wesleyan (4-16/CC 2-14), Lees-McRae (4-18/CC 4-12)
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How It Happened
The Bobcats struck first in the contest on Saturday afternoon with a jump shot from Alexis Ammons. Tomi Sanchez responded with a jump shot to put the Warriors on the board. Tatiyana Mahone gave the Warriors their first lead with a layup to make it 9-8. The Warriors were able to stay ahead with layups from Gabrielle Bates and Brooke Strickland. A jump shot from Markia Stacey gave the Bobcats the lead at the end of the first quarter at 16-15.
The Bobcats jumped back out in the second quarter with a small run to increase their lead to 27-20. Southern Wesleyan battled, but the Bobcats remained ahead despite shots from Mahone, Taylor Vinson, and Strickland. A layup and free throw from Sanchez put the Warriors within two, but the Bobcats rallied and led 36-30 at the half.
Brea Forbes of the Bobcats shot first in the second half to increase the lead to 39-30. Tatiyana Mahone and Tomi Sanchez each responded, but SWU still trailed 43-36. A late 3-pointer in the third quarter from Brooke Strickland put the Warriors within two at 54-52.
In the fourth quarter, the Bobcats continued to increase their lead. Shelby Gilbert made a 3-pointer to put the Warriors within four at 61-57. Despite late shots from Tatiana Manuel and Gilbert, the Bobcats won the game 67-61.
The Warriors will return home to face the Converse College Valkyries on February 7 at 7 p.m. They will remain home to take on the Emmanuel College Lions on February 11 at 2 p.m.