BRUNSWICK, Ga. – A back and forth contest fell in the favor of Coastal Georgia on Feb. 1, snapping the Warriors’ two game winning streak in the process.
The Warriors (6-11, 4-7 SSAC) held a one point lead with 2:19 to play over the Mariners – who are receiving votes in the NAIA poll – but two free throws by Coastal’s Gabby O’Sullivan with 1:15 to go, gave the Mariners the win. SWU had chances down the stretch including the ball with four seconds to play but were unable to get off a shot.
Brooke Strickland led the Warriors with a career-high 15 points. The freshman knocked down four three-pointers off the bench and also grabbed five rebounds in 28 minutes of action. Three other players joined Strickland in double figures as Chelsie Waters added 13, Christiana Perkins had 12 and Kiara Coleman added 10 points.
The Warriors shot just 38 percent overall in the game but managed to hold the Mariners to just 41 percent. Neither team shot the ball well from beyond the arc, as Coastal Georgia made just 3-of-13 from long range and SWU made only 6-of-32.
Turnovers played a big key in the game, not because of the amount of turnovers but because of how the Warriors turned them into points. SWU’s defense caused 14 turnovers and converted those into 20 points. The Mariners forced 13 SWU turnovers but scored just eight points off of those.
The Warriors kept the game tight throughout as neither side managed a double digit lead. SWU grabbed the lead three different times, all in the second half. Coastal Georgia’s largest lead came early in the first half at 16-8.
These two teams will meet again on Feb. 20 in Tysinger. The Warriors stepped out of conference play to battle Bob Jones University on Tuesday in Greenville.