Eagles Ride The Tornado Winds To A 72-53 Victory
The Brevard College women's basketball team suffered a cold shooting night on Wednesday night, as they tried to overcome a double-digit halftime deficit before ultimately falling to the Lady Eagles of Carson-Newman, 72-53.
The first half saw BC jump out to an early 3-0 lead after a three-point basket was knocked down by freshman Amber Roberts, who was making her first career start. However, that would be the only lead that the Tornados would have for the game, as less than 20 seconds later Carson-Newman hit a three-pointer of their own to tie the game at 3-3 and would not look back.
The Carson-Newman lead would not reach its highest until the halftime break, as BC hung around for most of the opening half despite shooting only 30.8 percent from the floor. The Eagles connected on 18-of-35 attempts, shooting 51.4 percent from the field in the first half, with 24 of their 42 first half points coming in the paint.
With the Tornados down 42-25 at the halftime intermission, BC's cold night shooting the ball continued in the second half.
The Lady Eagles would push their lead to 24 points at the 9:35 mark, however, the Tornados would not give up battling back to cut the lead down to 16 with 3:41 remaining in the contest before trading baskets in the final minutes of regulation.
The Tornados shot 29.6 percent from the field in the second half and 30.2 percent for the game, the worst shooting night at home in Boshamer Gymnasium on the season for Coach Wilson's squad.
Senior co-captain Holly Krogman was the only Tornado starter in double-figures on Wednesday night, scoring 14 points while pulling down a team-high five rebounds. Freshman forward Kelsey Sill came off the BC bench to score 13 points in only 16 minutes of play, going 7-of-8 from the charity stripe.
The Lady Eagles had four players in double-figures led by Ashley Tipton's 17 points. Fellow starter Angela Volentine had 15 points, while forward Shari Buford added 14 points down low for the Lady Eagles. Fellow forward Emily Mason had a double-double on the night, pulling down a game-high 14 rebounds to go along with her 11 point performance.
The loss drops BC to 6-10 on the season, as the Tornados remain winless against the South Atlantic Conference. With the win Carson-Newman improves to 9-8 overall.
The Brevard College women's basketball team stepped out of SAC play on Saturday afternoon, as the Tornados defeated the Lady Crusaders, 57-52 in overtime on the road in Tigerville, S.C.
Both teams started off the first half cold with both teams shooting under 25 percent from the floor, as the game quickly became a defensive battle from the opening tip-off.
The Tornados defense stifled the Lady Crusaders for most of the first half, forcing eight first half turnovers and holding North Greenville to 10 points and scoreless for close to 11 minutes, with the Lady Crusaders ending the drought at the 2:40 mark. However, North Greenville began to knock down some long range shots and pick up its defensive pressure in the closing minutes of the opening half to score nine points and take a 19-18 lead into the halftime break.
Yet the Tornados struggled offensively in the first 20 minutes of play, shooting 23.8 percent from the field connecting on 5-of-21 shot attempts, including going 3-of-12 from behind the three-point line.
The offensive play picked up for both teams in the second half as the two teams combined to score 63 points, 26 more points than what was scored in the opening 20 minutes of play.
Both teams traded baskets for much of the second half with neither team able to pull ahead, as there were seven lead changes and four ties.
North Greenville took a 39-37 lead on an Amanda Milner lay-up at the 8:38 mark and held the advantage for the next six minutes. However, BC would battle back in take the lead at the 1:41 mark on a three-pointer from sophomore Lindsay Thrift.
However, after Samantha Winn connected on 1-of-2 free throws with just under a minute left, the Tornados took a 50-48 lead into the final minute of play.
After a BC missed free throw, the Lady Crusaders came down and hit a lay-up with 0:09 to play in the game to knot the score up at 50-50. The Tornados then inbounded the ball and took it the length of the court, where they missed an open look with time winding down to score the road win.
With the score knotted up at 50-50 heading into the extra frame, the Tornados would hold North Greenville to just two points in the five minute overtime period to pull away for the 57-52 road win.
The Tornados were led by Thrift's 19 points, as she connected on 5-of-8 from behind the three-point line. Senior Holly Krogman and Winn added nine points apiece for the Tornados.
The Lady Crusaders were led by guard Eboni Davis, who led all scorers with 22 points. Fellow guard Whitney Smith had nine points, while forward Amanda Milner had 10 rebounds to go along with her seven points.
With the win the Tornados improve to 7-10 overall, picking up their third win away from Boshamer Gymnasium.
The Tornados will jump back into South Atlantic Conference play on Wednesday, January 30, when they will travel back to the Palmetto state to take on the Lady Indians of Newberry College. The tip-off is slated for 6 p.m.