YOUNG HARRIS – The Young Harris College women's basketball team gears up for its second game in three days with a 7:00 p.m., contest on Wednesday, Dec. 1 in Central, S.C., against Southern Wesleyan University.
The Series: There is no series history between YHC and Southern Wesleyan University as Wednesday's contest will mark the first-ever meeting between the two institutions.
A Look at the teams: Young Harris comes into the contest having dropped a 76-68 decision on Monday to Tennessee Wesleyan College. Lauren Smith scored a career-high 18 points on 7-of-14 shooting to lead four Mountain Lions players in double figures. LaDondra Johnson finished with 16 points, nine rebounds and a game-high two blocked shots. Breanna Gleeson scored 13 points, while Nikki Winn added 12 as Young Harris shot 40 percent (25-of-62) from the floor. Although Southern Wesleyan University plays Voorhees College on Tuesday, the Warriors fell to Bluefield College, 82-68, on Nov. 23. Amber Ryals paced Southern Wesleyan with 21 points on 8-of-14 shooting, while pulling down five boards. Natasha Eddings scored 12 points and dished out five assists. Kayla Plantin chipped in with eight points, nine rebounds and four assists.
The Records: Young Harris enters Wednesday game at 0-4, while Southern Wesleyan comes into the contest with a 4-1 record and plays host to Voorhees College on Tuesday.
The Coaches: Brenda Paul is her first season at Young Harris College. She is nine wins shy of 450 for her career. Paul is an inaugural member of the Northeast Georgia Sports Hall of Fame. She has coached at Tennessee Wesleyan, Berry College, Mississippi State, Georgia State and Elon. Paul, who led Berry College to three top-eight NAIA National Tournament finishes, including semifinal appearances in 1982 and 1984, is 441-428 in 30 seasons.
John Davis is in his first season at Southern Wesleyan University. Davis came to SWU from Wesley College where he spent six years as an assistant with the men’s program and the last two with the women’s team.
Media: The game can be viewed through live stats at the following link: http://swuathletics.com/page.asp?articleID=10. The game can also been seen by live streaming through Penn Atlantic at: http://swuathletics.com/page.asp?articleID=14.
What's next for the Mountain Lions: Young Harris takes a week and a half off before its next contest because of final exams. The Mountain Lions travel Monday, Dec. 13 to Gainesville, Ga., to take on Brenau College.