CENTRAL – Southern Wesleyan women’s basketball overcame a 16-point first half deficit to take a six point lead over Erskine but the Flying Fleet responded to pull out an 88-81 victory on Thursday night.
The Warriors (3-7) trailed by as much as 16 in the first half but cut the lead down to six as the teams headed to halftime, 43-37. SWU shot 36-percent in the first half but stayed close thanks to 15 turnovers by Erskine (5-4).
In the second half the Warriors stormed out of the gate, making their first five shots and took a 49-48 lead just 2:30 into the half. The teams traded small leads before an 8-0 lead gave SWU a 59-53 lead with 12:50 to play. The tide turned at that point, but not in favor of the Warriors as Erskine rattled off 17 straight points to take a commanding 70-59 lead with nine minutes left.
The Flying Fleet pushed the lead back up to 15 but the Warriors resolve was evident as they fought back to cut the margin back to five. Despite their efforts the Warriors were unable to make it a single possession game the rest of the way.
The Warriors were led by Briana Seda and Chelsie Waters’ 17 points apiece. Kiara Coleman and Michelle Anaya each scored 16. Erskine was led by Kristin Giles’ 33 points on 13-of-24 shooting. Both teams shot 42-percent for the game but the Flying Fleet connected on 17-of-21 from the free throw line while the Warriors hit just 17-of-36 from the charity stripe.
Erskine dominated on the glass, pulling down 54 rebounds to just 41 for the Warriors. Jana Dixon grabbed 14 in just 17 minutes for the Flying Fleet to lead all players.
The Warriors will play an exhibition on Monday at South Carolina State before jumping back into conference play on Friday at home against Belhaven.