Tornados drop SAC opener to Regionally-Ranked Newberry

Box Score

NEWBERRY, S.C. – The Brevard College women’s basketball dropped its regular season opener to Newberry, 76-49, on Saturday afternoon in Eleazer Arena during South Atlantic Conference (SAC) play. The Wolves, who were ranked 10th in the latest Southeast Region poll, improve to 4-0 overall and 2-0 in the conference.

Sophomore Katie Williams led the Tornados (0-1, 0-1 SAC) with 12 points and eight rebounds in 33 minutes of action. Junior Shelby Wolfe finished with nine points on four-for-nine shooting while grabbing three boards and classmate Hadara Bannister finished with six points and an assist.

Sophomore Madison Lenox had four points and led Brevard with three assists while classmate Chelsea Turner had six points with two rebounds.

The Wolves were led by junior Samantha Creed who led all scorers with 24 points, including four three-pointers on seven attempts. Creed also had seven rebounds and two assists. Sophomore Jaya Shultz finished with 14 points on eight-of-19 shooting while freshman Nicola Handreck had 16 points, three rebounds and two assists.

The Tornados shot 32% from the field on 16-for-50 shooting compared to Newberry’s 40% while Brevard shot 80% from the free throw line. Newberry had a 47-29 advantage on the boards but had a narrow 18-15 edge in bench points.

The Wolves came out strong in the opening half, building a 10-4 lead in the opening 7:07 and then adding to its lead for a 17-6 lead, going on a 7-2 run over the next 1:12. The Tornados and Newberry traded baskets before Turner made consecutive three-pointers to bring Brevard within six points with 10:05 remaining.

However Newberry went on a 19-9 run, holding the Tornados to just two field-goals over the final 8:11 for a 39-23 halftime lead.

In the second half the teams traded baskets to open the frame but the Tornados were unable to score again until freshman Claudia Arcega, who made her collegiate debut, made a lay-up with just 3:21 into the half but Newberry still lead 46-27.

The Tornados never came within single digits the rest of the game as the closest they came within 15 points with 13:48 on a jumper made by Bannister but the Wolves stilled had a 47-32 commanding lead. Newberry put the game out of reach, knocking down four three pointers and field goals the rest of the game to build a lead as big as 29 for the rest of the game.  

Brevard returns to action on Tuesday, November 25 to face the Pioneers of Tusculum as part of a double-header for the home-opener. The game is scheduled for 6 p.m.

Featured image courtesy of Tommy Moss.

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