Newberry too much for Brevard in Conference play

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BREVARD, N.C. – The Brevard College women’s basketball team couldn’t escape from an early deficit, falling to Newberry, 84-57, on Saturday afternoon in South Atlantic Conference (SAC) action in Boshamer Gymnasium.

Sophomore Madison Lenox led the Tornados’ offense with 17 points. She also had five rebounds, four steals, and dished out three assists. Junior Katie Williams had 15 points while sophomore Nicole Graham had six points on two-of-four shooting from beyond the arc. Junior Hadara Bannister had three points while grabbing four boards.

Samantha Creed led the Wolves (11-5, 7-3 SAC) and all scorers with 26 points on nine-of-15 shooting, including seven-of-nine from three-point land and also had five assists. Haylee Lepaio had 15 points, six rebounds, and four assists while Jaya Schultz had 13 points, eight boards, and seven assists.

Brevard (3-10, 2-8 SAC) opened the scoring but the Wolves answered as the teams traded the lead back and forth in the opening 3:21 as the visitors led 8-7. Creed had the first six points for the guests on back-to-back three’s but Williams answered for the hosts with a three of her own.

Newberry then went on an 11-4 run over the next 6:21 to build a 19-11 lead. The Tornados came within 10 points with 7:24 remaining in the first half as the score was 28-18 but Newberry went on multiple runs to extend the game with their largest lead of the half, 41-26 with 1:53 remaining, before closing out the half with a 43-31 lead.

Graham cut the Newberry lead to 48-41 with 17:14 left but it was all Wolves after that as they scored 12 straight points to build a 19 point lead with 11:23 remaining.

Freshman Ariadna Simon stopped the bleeding for Brevard scoring their first points during that time and Williams hit a three moments later to bring her team within 16 but Newberry already had the game in hand.

The Wolves outscored Brevard 21-11 over the final 9:30 and never looked back, holding the Tornados to just three field goals over that time period.
Newberry shot 60.4 percent from the field and 56.5 from three-point land compared to the Tornados 41.7 percent from the field. The teams were even in points in the paint with 22 and Brevard had one less bench point (20-19) but Newberry had 19 points off turnovers and had 10 second chance points while having a 34-19 advantage on the glass.

The Tornados hit the road and travel to Anderson, South Carolina on Wednesday, January 21 to face the Anderson Trojans. The game is scheduled to start at 6 p.m.

Featured image courtesy of Tommy Moss.

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