Women's Basketball Survives Scare At SWU

Women's Basketball Survives Scare At SWU

Central, S.C. – The University of Mount Olive women's basketball team escaped a scare from Southern Wesleyan University with a 65-60 victory on Friday evening in Central, S.C.

Score: Mount Olive 65, Southern Wesleyan 60
Records: Mount Olive (15-3, 12-1 CC), Southern Wesleyan (4-13, 2-11 CC)
Location: Tysinger Gymnasium, Central, S.C.

How It Happened


  • UMO opened a 10-4 lead just shy of the midway point of the opening period on a layup by senior Daria Simmons with 5:30 left on the clock.
  • After a layup by Southern Wesleyan that cut the Trojans' lead to 10-6, UMO ran away on a 9-0 run capped off by a layup by junior Ni'Ya Styles that gave Mount Olive a 19-6 advantage with 2:26 remaining in the period.
  • The Trojans and Warriors traded baskets in the final two minutes as UMO took a 23-10 lead into the second quarter.


  • SWU turned the tables on the Trojans in the second frame running off six-straight points to open the quarter and cut the Warriors' deficit to just seven at 23-16 with 8:07 left on the clock.
  • The Trojans regained a double-digit lead with 5:43 remaining in the period on a three by Styles that gave UMO a 31-21 advantage.
  • Quickly responding, SWU assembled a 7-0 run to trim Mount Olive's lead to just three at 31-28 with 2:41 to play in the first half as the Trojans entered the break with just a five point lead at 37-32.


  • A three by junior Felecity Havens with 6:29 remaining on the clock gave the Trojans a nine-point advantage at 46-37.
  • As was true most of the evening, Southern Wesleyan had an answer for UMO, as the Warriors stormed back to cut the Trojans' lead to just one at 50-49 in the waning seconds of the third period.


  • With SWU within one at 57-56 with just 6:25 left in regulation, Havens scored the next six points for UMO to provide the Trojans with a 63-58 cushion with 1:58 remaining on the clock.
  • SWU made it a one possession game with 52 seconds, but Styles toed the free-throw line in the final seconds and knocked down a pair of free throws to secure a 65-60 victory for UMO.


  • Havens led the Trojans with 23 points while also chipping in 13 boards and four assists.
  • Also in double figures for UMO were Simmons (16), Styles (14), and Kiara Jones (10).
  • Fresh off a 21 rebound performance against Erskine on Tuesday night, Kiara Jones added 16 rebounds to go along with her 10 points in the win.
  • The Conference Carolinas assist leader, junior Rachel Fehl provided eight assists in the victory.
  • UMO outshot SWU, 35.1% to 31.0%, and outrebounded the Warriors, 53-42.


  • The win increases the Trojans' win streak to seven games equaling UMO's longest this season.

Mount Olive wraps up its road trip with a clash against No. 23 Limestone, whom the Trojans are tied atop the Conference Carolinas standings with, in Gaffney, S.C. on Saturday at 5:30 p.m.