Catawba too much for Brevard as Tornados fall in SAC play

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SALISBURY, N.C. – The Brevard College women’s basketball team were within 11 at the half before Catawba went on a 22-2 run in the opening seven minutes of the second half as the Indians defeated the Tornados, 80-61, on Saturday afternoon in Goodman Gymnasium during South Atlantic Conference (SAC) action.

Junior Katie Williams led the Tornados (2-9 overall, 1-7 SAC) with 19 points while sophomore Madison Lenox finished with 16 points and hauled in seven rebounds and had five steals. Senior Taylor Hiatt and freshman Whitney DeMoss each had five points.

Sophomore Linsey Crisp and freshman Kelsie Rhyne each finished with seven points while Crisp had five rebounds for Brevard.

The Indians (7-6 overall, 4-4 SAC) were led by Terri Rogers who finished with 20 points and 12 rebounds. Jada Huntley had 15 points, six assists, and nine boards while Janna Dixon had 11 points and four assists.

After Catawba opened the game 7-2 lead four minutes into the game, the Tornados went on a 5-2 run to come within two points with just over 15 minutes left. However, the Indians went on a 7-0 run over the next few minutes and led 14-7 with 11:59 left in the half.

Crisp knocked down two free throws and Hiatt broke down the floor to bring the Tornados within three points with 11:19 remaining.

After Catawba built a 19-11 lead, The Tornados came storming back. Crisp drove in the lane for an easy layup and knocked down the foul shot to complete the three point play. Lenox hit a layup on the Tornados next possession to bring her team within three.

Catawba led 21-16 before Williams completed a non-conventional three point play of her own but the Indians scored six unanswered points to lead 27-19. Williams brought the Tornados within five by draining a three pointer before Rogers knocked down a jumper for Catawba to lead 29-22 with just under four minutes left.

Catawba went on a run and finished the half with a 38-27 lead while holding Brevard to just 1-of-6 from the field in the final 5:05 of the half.

Catawba continued its dominance in the second half, outscoring the Tornados 22-2 over the first 7:19 of the second half to build a 60-30 lead while holding Brevard to just 1-of-8 shooting during that stretch. The Tornados then went on a 9-0 run to force a Catawba timeout with 9:54 left and cut the lead to 21.

Lenox, Crisp, and junior Hadara Bannister each knocked down shots and Rhyne hit a three-pointer during the run. Rhyne also connected on two free-throws with 9:39 left to make it 60-41 Catawba. Brevard came within 17 points as Crisp remained perfect on her free throws before Catawba snapped a scoreless stretch of their own with 7:56 left to go up 61-43.

Lenox and Williams knocked down back-to-back three point attempts to cut the Indians lead to 65-51 with 5:39 remaining in the game but that was the closest they would get. Catawba finished the game on a 15-10 run.

The Tornados shot 35.6 percent from the field compared to the Indian’s 55.4 percent. Catawba dominated the guests on the glass by a 44-27 advantage, including a 32-19 tilt on the defensive side. Points in the paint were on Catawba’s side as they had a 50-26 edge in that and also had 41 points from the bench compared to Brevard’s 14.

Brevard returns home on Wednesday, January 14 to host Carson-Newman for its first home contest of the 2015 portion of the schedule. The game is part of a double header, beginning at 6 p.m. with the men following at 8 p.m.

 Featured image courtesy of Tommy Moss.

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