MONTGOMERY, Ala. – After overcoming a big second half deficit against Auburn-Montgomery at home Feb. 17, the Southern Wesleyan women’s basketball team was unable to come up with the same formula on Saturday, falling 63-57 to AUM.
The Warriors fell behind big early, trailing 43-25 at halftime. The Warhawks (13-12, 8-9 SSAC) reached 21 in the first half as AUM shot .517 in the first frame. The Warriors shot only .346 before halftime.
SWU was able to get back into the game in the second half as AUM was held to just .267 shooting from the floor as the Warriors shot .423 in the second half but it was just not enough to ever overcome the large deficit.
The Warriors cut the gap to just one with 2:21 to play at 58-57 on a bucket by Brooke Strickland in the paint. After a pair of offensive rebounds AUM scored to go back up by three. A turnover and a missed front end of the one-and-one on the next two possessions allowed the Warhawks to come back down and score again to push the lead out to six with just 16 seconds left.
“Today was a disappointing loss,” head coach John Davis said afterwards. “We went away from our game plan in the first half and AUM capitalized. We did not come out and play at a high level to start either. In the second half we went back to executing and it showed in our comeback, we just had too much to overcome.”
Chelsie Waters led all players with 18 points and Christiana Perkins recorded a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Brooke Strickland was also in double figures with 11 points. Kaylan Withrow led AUM with 15 points.
The Warriors continued their three-game road swing on Tuesday, traveling to Brewton-Parker for a 6 p.m. contest.
In earlier action last week, the Southern Wesleyan women picked up their third straight win last week, upsetting Coastal Georgia 61-45 on Thursday night in SSAC action.
Coastal Georgia never led in the game as the Warriors turned a close, low-scoring affair early into a blowout. The Warriors started a 15-0 run from the 8:35 mark until 4:48 to play until halftime. SWU led 29-19 in the first half as Brooke Strickland scored all 11 of her points in the first period.
The Mariners, who were receiving votes in the NAIA Top 25 poll, simply could not make a basket, shooting only .309 for the game after a dreadful .226 in the first half. The Warriors struggled in the second half from the floor at just .281 but were helped by making 10 of 18 from the charity stripe. Overall SWU shot .368 from the field and made 8 of 21 three-point attempts.
For the second straight game and the fifth time this year Kiara Coleman posted a double-double with 13 points and 16 rebounds. The senior made 6 of 10 from the floor and grabbed five boards on the offensive end. Christiana Perkins led the team in scoring with 16 points. She also added nine rebounds. Chelsie Waters scored eight points and handed out six assists.
The SWU women went into that game on the heels of two wins, rallying last Monday for a 70-64 win over Auburn-Montgomery in SSAC play. That game was rescheduled twice due to snow.
After that come-from-behind win the Warriors decided to put away Bob Jones early, blowing out the Bruins by a score of 80-54. The margin of victory is the second largest this season, just behind the 27-point margin the Warriors beat Brewton-Parker by in January.