Tornados rally falls short as Lenoir-Rhyne pulls away for 58-50 victory

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HICKORY, N.C. – The Brevard College women’s basketball team tied the game on two separate occasions in the second half before Lenoir-Rhyne pulled away for a 58-50 victory, on Sunday afternoon in Shuford Memorial Gymnasium during South Atlantic Conference (SAC) play.

Sophomore Chelsea Turner led the Tornados (0-6, 0-4 SAC) in scoring, coming off the bench with 16 points, going six-for-nine from the field and four-for-six from beyond the arc. She was one three-point field goal short of her own record of five three-pointers made in a game that came last year against Mars Hill on February 26. Brevard had a 21-4 advantage in bench points as well.

Classmate Madison Lenox had 12 points and a team-high 14 rebounds, which passed current teammate, junior Shelby Wolfe for most rebounds in a game and is now tied fourth all-time. Wolfe and classmate Katie Williams each had six points while Wolfe had eight rebounds and Williams finished with four assists.

After trailing for the whole game, the Tornados were finally able to even things twice in the second half. Trailing 45-39 in the stanza, Turner knocked down back-to-back three pointers to tie the game at 45 with 9:29 left for the first tie of the game. Lenoir-Rhyne (3-4, 2-2 SAC) quickly took the lead again but it was short lived as Lenox tied the game at 47 with 6:46 remaining.

The Bears, however, took control scoring nine straight points on two field goals and five free-throws and 11 of the final 14 points of the game while holding the Tornados to one three-point field goal over the final six minutes.

Lenoir-Rhyne opened the game with a 7-0 run before Wolfe brought Tornados within two points with a five point run of her own. Nicole Graham knocked down a 3 pointer to make it 10-8 before the Bears broke away with nine unanswered points to lead 21-10.

Following a three-pointer by Brevard’s Turner with just over 11 minutes in, the Bears went on another long run of 10 points until Taylor Hiatt broke the scoreless stretch for the Tornados with a lay-up. That helped her team close out the first half score eight of the final 10 points as they went into the locker room down 33-21.

The Tornados opened the second half strong as Lenox knocked down a three-point attempt and then the defense had a hold of their own. Lenox then scored a lay-up to bring the visitors within nine points. Brevard came within three points with just over 12 minutes left as Turner knocked down a three and Williams drained two free-throws as the score came to 40-37.

Jazmine Charles led the Bears and all scorers with 19 points, 16 of which came in the first half, and also grabbed 13 boards while Brooke Robinson had 11 points and 14 rebounds.

Brevard was 17-for-19 from the field while Lenoir-Rhyne made two more field goals with one more attempt but the difference came on the free-throw line as the Bears knocked down 16-of-22 attempts, including 11-for-15 in the second half, compared to the Tornados, who went nine-for-14 from the line.

Brevard travels to Charlotte, North Carolina to face Queens on Saturday, December 13 for a 2 p.m. start.

Featured image by Tommy Moss.

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