Regionally-ranked Anderson rallies past Brevard, 70-57, in SAC play

Box Score

ANDERSON, S.C. – The Brevard College women’s basketball team was within one point at the half before falling to regionally-ranked Anderson, 70-57, on Wednesday night in the Abney Center during South Atlantic Conference (SAC) action.

Junior Katie Williams led the Tornados (3-11 overall, 2-9 SAC) with 27 points, matching her season-high. She also led the team with four steals. Sophomore Madison Lenox had 10 points and three rebounds while classmate Lynsey Crisp had eight points.

Senior Taylor Hiatt had five points and four rebounds while freshman Whitney DeMoss had eight rebounds in 14 minutes of action.

Anderson (12-3 overall, 9-2 SAC), which was ranked seventh in the latest D2SiDA Media Southeast Region poll, had four players in double figures. Madison Floyd led her squad with 14 points while Alexis Dillard had 12 points and five rebounds. Sierra Simpson and Jennifer Monroe each had a double-double. Simpson finished with 11 points and 14 rebounds while Monroe had 10 points and hauled in 10 boards.

Anderson opened the game with a 5-0 lead in the first 3:01 before the teams traded baskets and Brevard led 10-8 on a three-pointer by Williams with 13:20 left. She extended the lead as she stole the ball on the next Anderson possession and hit a fast break layup to go up by four.

After the Trojans answered with a jumper by Niaka Young, the Tornados went up 19-12 with 7:04 left as Williams scored the next seven Brevard points.

The Trojan’s, however wouldn’t go down quietly as they chipped away and came within two with 5:01 left. Sophomore, Nicole Graham hit a three to snap a little drought for the Tornados and give them a 22-17 lead with four and a half left but the Trojans closed out the half on an 11-5 run to go into the half up 28-27.

The second half was a different story as Anderson never relinquished the lead for the rest of the game. The Tornados held it close in the opening minutes but the Trojans were up 41-33 just 3:56 into the half.

Brevard came within six Williams made a layup in the paint but Anderson was up 47-35 with just under 13 minutes left. Lenox hit a jumper while Crisp and Williams hit consecutive free throws to bring the Tornados within six with 10:06 left but Anderson built an 11 point lead moments later.

The Tornados cut the Trojan lead to 55-50 with 5:25 left as Williams went a perfect 4-for-4 from the line and hit a jumper. Crisp completed an unconventional three-point play but that was the closest Brevard would come the rest of the game.

The Trojans ended the game on a 15-5 run as 10 of their points came from the free-throw line.

Anderson had a 15-14 edge in points off turnovers but had a large advantage in every other category, including a 57-28 advantage on the glass. Brevard committed one more turnover but each team had nine steals.

Brevard went 20-for-58 from the field while Anderson made five more field goals on 11 more attempts but the Tornados were 6-of-30 from beyond the arc.

The Tornados return home to host their second straight regionally-ranked team in as many days as the Bulldogs of Wingate come to Brevard on Saturday. Wingate is ranked fourth in the latest Southeast Region poll. The game is slated for a 2 p.m. start.

Featured image courtesy of Tommy Moss.

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