Regionally-ranked Wingate escapes Brevard in final four minutes with 71-60 win

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BREVARD, N.C. – The Brevard College women’s basketball team was within four points with just under four minutes left in the game before falling to regionally-ranked Wingate, 71-60, on Saturday afternoon during South Atlantic Conference (SAC) in Boshamer Gymnasium.

It was the third game out of four games for the Tornados (3-12 overall, 2-10 SAC) against a team in the latest Southeast Region poll sponsored by D2SIDA in 10 days. They had lost to Anderson on Wednesday and defeated Carson-Newman on January 14 in overtime.

The Bulldogs (13-6 overall, 11-1 SAC) were ranked fourth in the latest Southeast Region poll and are atop the SAC standings. They also extended their winning streak to nine games and haven’t lost since December 17, 2014, against then fifth ranked Pittsburg State (Kan.).

The Tornados were led by junior Katie Williams who had 16 points, and three rebounds and assists. Sophomores Madison Lenox and Lynsey Crisp had 12 points while Lenox had a team-high five rebounds. This was also a season-high in points for Crisp, while 11 of her 12 points came in the first half on 4-of-8 shooting.

Junior Hadara Bannister had nine points and two assists along with a steal and a block while freshman Claudia Arcega had two blocks as the team had six blocks in the game.

Andrea Bertrand led the Bulldogs with 19 points and six rebounds while Shelby Tricoli had 13 points. Preseason All-Conference second team selection, Chantal Dunbar had 11 points and eight boards while Brittany Hill had 10 points while also grabbing eight rebounds.

Wingate opened the first 4:16 of the game on a 10-0 run as Bertrand led the charge with five points while Brevard went 0-for-7 from the field, during that time. Lenox finally got the Tornados on the board with just over five minutes gone in the game, hitting a three-pointer.

Crisp and Bannister then took over for Brevard to cut the Wingate lead to 17-13 with 12:24 left. Williams hit a jumper to make it 20-19 with 10:37 left and Crisp tied it on three separate occasions over the next 3:58 before finally tying the game at 27.

Each team hit one basket until the 2:40 mark when Lenox knocked down a shot from beyond the arc to give the Tornados a 32-31 lead. Wingate, however, scored seven unanswered points to go into the half up 38-31.

The visitors went up 43-34 to force a Tornado timeout before Bannister made a jumper and sophomore Nicole Graham hit her only three of the night to bring the hosts within four with 17:20 left in the contest.

Over the next several minutes the Bulldogs lead went as high as seven and then back to four with just over 11:54 left in the game as they led 50-46. They went up 54-46 moments later but the Tornados scored seven unanswered.

Williams knocked down a three and Crisp hit one of two free throws before Lenox brought her team within one point hitting a three with 6:36 left as the Bulldogs led 54-53. Wingate then went up by nine on eight unanswered points before Brevard came back within four with 3:54 left in the contest.

That was the closest Brevard would come within the Bulldogs, as they were outscored 9-2 over the final minutes of the game. The Tornados went 1-for-4 for the remainder the afternoon and Wingate was 3-of-4 from the field and 3-of-4 from the charity strip.

Brevard allowed Wingate to shoot 48.1 percent from the field, which has been the norm on the year as the Tornados’ have allowed opponents to shoot over 42 percent in their previous 11 losses.

The Tornados had a 20-12 advantage in bench points and 19-15 edge in points off turnovers but Wingate held an 11-4 tilt in second chance points and a slim 32-26 margin in points in the paint.

Wingate also out rebounded the Tornados 42-27 in the game, including 28-17 on the defensive side of the court. They also shot 40 percent from beyond the arc on 6-of-15 compared to Brevard’s 9-of-32 from three point range.

The Tornados return to action on Wednesday, January 28 when they travel to Harrogate, Tennessee to face the Railsplitters of Lincoln Memorial. The game is set for 6 p.m.

Featured image courtesy of Tommy Moss.

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