Women's Basketball Looks to Return to the SAC Tournament

BREVARD, N.C. – The Brevard College women’s basketball team looks to make improvements from last year and return to the South Atlantic Conference (SAC) Tournament for the first time since 2010 under seventh year head coach Shannon Reid.

The Tornados had an overall record of 7-19 last winter including a 6-16 conference mark, their best conference performance since joining the SAC. Six of the 16 conference losses, however came by one possession, but Reid hopes with a veteran leadership group, Brevard can turn that around. This year the squad was picked 11th in the SAC preseason coaches’ poll. Brevard has also has already competed in two exhibition contests against Division I opponents UNC Asheville and High Point, which has prepped them for their 2014-15 regular season schedule.

“It’s an exciting time for Brevard College women’s basketball,” said Reid. “Entering my seventh season, we are coming off our best performance in the SAC with six league wins. We have our starting five back from a year ago, including three double-figure scorers in sophomore Madison Lenox and juniors Katie Williams and Shelby Wolfe, as well as five returning letter winners,” Reid explained.

Lenox led the team last year with 356 points, averaging 13.7 points per game while also guiding the team in shot blocks (21) and along side 117 rebounds. Lenox also grabbed a team-leading 93 defensive boards. Williams was second on the squad with 338 points (13.0 points per game), while Wolf led the team in rebounds with 140 including 65 offensive glass.

“Our staff and players have been working diligently to improve on our shot selection, defense, and rebounding to be specific,” said Reid. “We have added six key players who we feel can help us in those areas and to go along with a solid core, we now find ourselves more experienced and talented than we've ever been.”

Additional returners include junior Hadara Bannister, who dished out a team best 73 assists while senior Taylor Hiatt averaged 6.1 points per game and grabbed 94 rebounds, averaging 3.9 per game. With a few more veteran players returning to the fold and a solid group of incoming students, Reid hopes the team can use their mix of experience and new talent that to reach their goals this season.

Newcomers include freshmen forwards Whitney DeMoss, and Spain native, Claudia Arcega. The Tornados also added first-years guards Kathryn Beasley, and Kelsie Rhyne, and Ariadna Simon, a junior from Barcelona, Spain, who along with Arcega will get their first look at American collegiate basketball.

“The growing stages are always a process and I feel blessed to coach a great group of young ladies who now understand what it will take for us to be successful. This team is disciplined, passionate, and hungry for success,” said Reid.

The Tornados open their regular season on the road against Newberry in SAC play on Saturday, November 22 at 2 p.m. before their home opener against Tusculum, which is slated to start at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, November 25.

Featured Image courtesy of Tommy Moss.

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