Joe Burgarino, Sports Information Graduate Assistant
MISENHEIMER, NC- Lauren Janka put together one of the best performances of her career, setting Pfeiffer's single game record with nine blocks, as the Pfeiffer women's basketball team (7-14,6-11 CC) knocked off Southern Wesleyan (4-20, 1-17 CC) 65-57 on Saturday night. In the contest the Falcons also set a single game record for with 12. Janka scored 10 points, going 5-for-6 from the floor and grabbing four boards. Safia Sheikh poured in 21 points, knocking down seven 3-pointers, just one short of the school record in the victory.
The Falcons took a 14-13 lead heading into the second period, Sheikh opened up the second frame knocking down a triple. Midway through the frame Pfeiffer was able to extend the lead, benefitting from a 12-0 run, giving the Falcons a 31-18 advantage. Sheikh scored six points during that stretch.
Southern Wesleyan climbed back into the contest in the third quarter, scoring the first four points of the third. The Warriors ended the quarter with a made layup by Vinson Taylor, tying the contest 45-45. Sheikh came up big hitting another three to start the final frame, and sparking an 8-0 run extending the lead back to 10 points. The Warriors were able to cut the lead to three before finally falling to the Falcons. Pfeiffer hit clutch free-throws down the stretch going 8-for-9 from the line to close out the contest.
Noelle Van zadelhoff scored 16 points and grabbed a game-high 18 rebounds for the warriors. Chelsie Water added 10 points in the loss.
The Pfeiffer defense forced 15 turnovers, while holding the Warriors to just 28.8 percent shooting from the floor.
The Falcons return to action on Monday, traveling to Banner Elk, for a 5:30 p.m. contest with Lees-McRae.