FRANKLIN SPRINGS, Ga. – Michelle Anaya scored 17 points to lead all players as the Southern Wesleyan University women’s basketball squad defeated Emmanuel College (Ga.) 60-55 on Jan. 25.
The Warriors won their second straight after snapping a three-game losing streak on Thursday. SWU improved to 6-10 overall and 4-6 in the Southern States Athletic Conference. The win moves SWU into a three-way tie for fifth in the SSAC East, the final spot in the SSAC Tournament. Emmanuel fell to 12-8 overall and 4-6 as well in the SSAC.
Anaya made 7 of 12 shots from the field and 3 of 4 from the charity stripe as the Warriors connected on 15 of 18 from the free throw line on the day. Neither team shot well from the floor, just 39 percent for SWU and 38 percent for the Lions.
Christiana Perkins contributed 12 points for the Warriors and Briana Seda came off the bench to add 11. Emmanuel was led by Timia Reynolds’ 13 points.
The Warriors forced 17 turnovers and turned those into 24 points, outdistancing the Lions’ 13 points off of 14 SWU turnovers.
The game swayed back and forth all day long, with nine ties and 13 lead changes. Both teams largest lead was just six points. The Warriors saw that six point lead down the stretch but the game was far from over.
With 4:22 to play SWU took a 54-48 lead on a bucket by Chelsie Waters. The Lions cut the deficit down to one at 56-55 with 2:23 to play but were unable to score again. Seda gave the Warriors some breathing room with a basket in the lane with a minute to play and Waters sealed it with a pair of free throws with 22 seconds to play.
The win gives the Warriors two points in the Lil’ Bronze Peach Series – the annual contest between Emmanuel and SWU. The two teams will meet again with another two points at stake on Saturday, February 15 in Central. For a complete list of Lil’ Bronze Peach Series results and future schedules, click here.
The Warriors are back in action at home on Thursday as they host Auburn-Montgomery at 6 p.m.