CENTRAL, S.C. — The University of Mount Olive women’s basketball team defeated the Warriors of Southern Wesleyan University, 80-71, in Conference Carolinas action on Saturday afternoon at Tysinger Gymnasium in Central, S.C. Three Trojans scored in double-digits while three also posted double-digit rebounds in the nine-point win.
Junior Jada Bacchus put the Trojans on the scoreboard first with a layup 56 seconds into the game off the assist from Azariah Fields.
Southern Wesleyan went on a 6-2 run over the next 90 seconds to take a two point, 6-4, lead over Mount Olive.
The Warriors went on a 10-0 run following a free throw by Bacchus to lead by 11 points, 16-5, late in the first quarter.
UMO scored six points throughout the remaining minutes of the opening quarter, but SWU held on to a nine-point lead, 20-11, heading into the second ten minutes.
A three-point jumper in the opening seconds of the second quarter put the Warriors up 12 points, 23-11.
The Trojans countered with a 9-2 run that pulled them within five points of the Warriors, 25-20, with 6:38 remaining in the half.
Back-to-back layups by Felecity Havens put UMO within four points, 30-26, as the clock ticked under the four minute mark.
Mount Olive fought back to tie the game at 35 all following a layup by Bacchus with 46 seconds remaining and took the lead on the and-one free throw.
A pair of free throws by Kelly Post gave UMO a slim two-point, 38-36, lead heading into halftime.
UMO opened up a four-point lead following a Zarya Poulava layup that put the score at 44-40 with 7:25 on the clock.
SWU closed the gap to one point, 44-43, but the Trojans took off on a 10-0 run to lead 54-43 at the 4:14 mark.
Mount Olive closed out the third quarter scoring six more points to hold a 60-49 lead heading into the final ten minutes of play.
A Hope Toliver layup put the Trojans up 13 points, 62-49, 30 seconds into the fourth quarter.
UMO held a 12 point lead until the 5:31 point when SWU began to cut the Trojan lead down to six points, 67-61, at the 4:14 mark following a 12-5 Warrior run.
The Trojans went back up by 12 points, 78-66, following a pair of Makayla Nichols free throws with 63 seconds remaining in the game.
In the final seconds Southern Wesleyan led a 5-2 run but came up short as Mount Olive went on to an 80-71 victory.
Three UMO athletes reached double point figures led by Felecity Havens (29), Jada Bacchus (15), and Hope Toliver (14).
Kelly Post had a career-high 11 rebounds in the contest to lead the Trojans.
Havens and Bacchus each recorded a double-double as both guards brought down 10 boards each.
UMO had 49 rebounds as a team, including 26 on defense and 23 on offense.
The Trojans are off unitl the second day of the New Year for the holiday break. Mount Olive returns to action on January 2, 2019, when they return home for a double header with the men against the Lions of Emmanuel College. The women will take on the Lions at 2 p.m. while the men follow up at 4 p.m.