THOMASVILLE — The Webber International University Lady Warriors (8-7, 5-2) outlasted the Thomas University Lady Night Hawks (7-12, 3-5) 75-70 in an exciting Sun Conference battle on Saturday afternoon at the TU Gymnasium.
Webber opened an 8-0 lead while holding the Lady Night Hawks scoreless for the first three minutes. TU finally got on the board with two free throws at the 16:38 mark, but WIU remained hot from three-point range, knocking down its fourth trey of the early going for a 14-2 advantage with 15:50 to go in the half.
Webber took a 32-27 advantage into the locker room in a half that featured sloppy play from both sides. The teams combined for 33 turnovers, including 20 by Thomas University
TU opened the second with three unanswered points to close the gap to two but a failed free throw and a turnover led to Webber's first points of the half, keeping the Warriors ahead by three.
Freshman guard Jessica Anderson hit a three with 18:02 to play, tying the game for the first time since the opening tip-off.
Junior forward Taylor Brit gave Thomas University its first lead at the 15:40 mark and freshman guard Shamari Josey hit a three seconds later to open a five point lead.
After Webber responded, Anderson struck again from behind the arc to give TU a 41-35 lead.
A 13-2 run by WIU put it ahead 48-43 with 11 minutes to go.
The teams exchanged baskets and turnovers over the next three minutes until Anderson struck again from three-point land to get Thomas within four at 53-49.
Webber made it a nine-point game when it converted on a rebound after two missed free throws, taking a 61-52 lead with 5:44 to play.
A 9-4 run by TU was capped with a basket by freshman guard Joi Wright. She converted her free throw after being fouled to make it a 65-61 game with 1:27 to play.
Webber outscored TU 10-9 down the stretch to close out the five-point victory.
Thomas will hit the road next week, traveling to Miami Gardens, Fla., to face Florida Memorial University on Thursday.