Tornados pick up first win of season over Queens, 58-48

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Brevard College women’s basketball team earned its first win of the season with a 58-48 victory over South Atlantic Conference (SAC) foe, Queens, on Saturday afternoon in Curry Arena.

The Tornados (1-6, 1-4 SAC) were led by sophomore Chelsea Turner who had 17 points and three rebounds while matching her career-best in three-pointers made in a game with five. Classmate Madison Lenox had 11 points, six rebounds, and three assists from the bench. Junior Shelby Wolfe had eight points and a team-best eight rebounds.

Senior Taylor Hiatt and junior Katie Williams each had seven points while Williams had four rebounds and Hiatt had two steals. Junior Hadara Bannister had two points but had three steals and four assists.

The Tornados struggled in the first half by just shooting 25 percent from the field but then was 11-for 23 from the field in the second half and good for improved 47.8 percent from the field and 33.9 percent for the game. They also shot 40.9 percent from beyond the arc going nine-for-22 in the game and five-for-eight in the second half.

McKell Oliverio led the Royals (1-7, 0-5 SAC) in scoring with 14 points and also had three rebounds while Lacey Singletary had 11 points, eight rebounds and six blocks. Abby Pettit had eight points and seven boards while Carmen Richardson and Karleasha Thompson each had six points.

The teams traded baskets in the opening 10 minutes and were tied at 12 with 8:23 remaining before Williams drained a three-point attempt to break up the tie. Queens answered with a jumper by Richardson but Nicole Graham responded with a three-pointer of her own for an 18-14 Tornados lead.

Brevard close out the half on a 5-2 run in the final 1:47 of play for a 25-18 halftime lead. The Tornados opened the second half continuing where they left off with a 7-0 run in the opening 3:03 to extend the lead to 14. Brevard went up 40-22 when Bannister stole the ball and converted a fast-break layup.

Brevard’s biggest lead came with 12:48 left in the game with a 45-25 advantage. Nicole Graham stole the ball and Williams missed a lay-up before the ball was knocked out of bounds by Queens. The Tornados took advantage of the second opportunity and Graham knocked down a three-pointer.

The game continued with the trend of back-and-forth but Queens was still down by as many as 18 with 7:55 remaining as the score was 50-32 Tornados. That’s when the hosts went on a run of their own coming within 11 points with 3:17 left on a 10-3 run and then six with 1:21 left. Brevard held off the late comeback with key turnovers and making their free-throws down the stretch to hold on for the win.

The Tornados had 30 points off turnovers, including 19 in the second half and had a 16-10 edge on second chance points. They also had a 17-9 advantage on points from the bench and a slim 37-36 rebound edge but had 20 offensive rebounds compared to the Royals 13. Brevard had 14 steals while Queens committed 25 Turnovers in the game.

Brevard travels to Buies Creek, North Carolina to face division I opponent, Campbell University in an exhibition contest on Monday, December 15. The game is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. The Tornados return home for their final home game of 2014 against non-conference opponent Converse on Wednesday, December 17 for a 2 p.m. start.

Featured image courtesy of Tommy Moss.

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