Charlotte, NC - Third seeded Warren Wilson avenged a loss to Johnson & Wales in last year's EMAC semi-finals by holding on for a 59-58 win in a game that went right to the wire.
The first half saw five ties and eight lead changes, as neither team led by more than 7 points. Warren Wilson got 18 first half points from Kaylie Mayo en route to taking a 38-34 advantage at the break.
Johnson & Wales opened the second half with a 7-2 run to grab a 41-38 lead, and the teams would play within three points of each other for the remainder of the period. The Wildcat lead grew to as much as five before the Owls answered with five straight points to knot the score with four minutes to play. An Asia Caldwell layup with two and a half minutes put Warren Wilson up 59-56, and Johnson & Wales could only muster two free throws down the stretch. Each team missed opportunities to convert in the final seconds, as the Owls held on for the win.
Mayo led all scorers with 21 points, while Caldwell added 14 for Warren Wilson.
Ineesha Hankerson scored 19 points and grabbed 23 rebounds for Johnson & Wales, while Jamyah Montissol added 18 points.
Warren Wilson advances to take on fourth seeded Apprentice in the EMAC title game on Saturday at 1pm.