CENTRAL – Southern Wesleyan women got back on the winning side of things with a hard fought 75-70 win over Brenau in Southern States Athletic Conference action on Saturday afternoon.
The Warriors (8-12, 5-8 SSAC) got revenge from a loss to the Golden Tigers (11-12, 6-9 SSAC) earlier this season. SWU got a big effort from two of their bigs, as Kiara Coleman and Christiana Perkins delivered. Coleman matched her season-high with 24 points on 10 of 17 from the field. The senior also added seven rebounds. Perkins recorded her third double-double and second straight with 18 points and 12 rebounds.
Brenau took the early lead but the Warriors quickly seized control with a 14-4 run midway through the first half to take a nine point lead. The Golden Tigers made a run and managed to tie the game at 26-26 with an 11-2 run of their own. SWU pushed the lead back to eight by halftime.
It looked like the Warriors were going to put the Golden Tigers away in the second half as the lead grew to 11. Again Brenau made a comeback, getting to within one at 55-54 with 7:49 to play but the Warriors had an answer. Perkins hit a three and Coleman followed with a bucket of her own to push the lead back to six. Every time Brenau inched closer the Warriors turned to Coleman in the paint where she was not going to be stopped on this day.
“We had an excellent team win today. We really persevered through some foul trouble and each player stepped into good roles for us,” said head coach John Davis. “I am proud of how we responded as a team to this game, but also how we were able to finish.”
In addition to Coleman and Perkins, Chelsie Waters and Bri Seda added 11 points each. Seda also had four assists. The Warriors shot right at 40 percent for the game as did the Golden Tigers. SWU struggled from beyond the arc, making just 2 of 13 but showed dramatic improvement at the free throw line where they made 23 of 34.
The Warriors hosted Auburn-Montgomery on Tuesday in a game that was rescheduled from Jan. 30.