LMU comeback against Tornados for late 70-65 win in SAC play

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HARROGATE, TENN. – The Brevard College women’s basketball team was ahead for a majority of the contest before Lincoln Memorial squeaked for the late 70-65 victory, on Wednesday night during South Atlantic Conference (SAC) action in Tex Turner Arena.

Junior Katie Williams and sophomore Madison Lenox each finished the game with 19 points for the Tornados (3-13 overall, 2-11 SAC) while each made six field goals. Williams had two more attempts but was four-of-seven from beyond the arc. Lenox also had seven rebounds, four assists, and three blocks.

Sophomore Nicole Graham finished with 10 points, all coming in the second half. She was two-for-six from beyond the arc and 4-for-10 from the field, overall. Senior Taylor Hiatt had five points, three rebounds, two blocks, and a steal.

Ross Mathis was one of five Lady Railsplitters (11-8 overall, 8-5 SAC) in double figures with 17 points while Shea Coker had 15 points. Britney Guy finished with 14 points and eight rebounds while Sydnie Anderson and Kiara Rawls each dropped 10 points.

The Lady Railsplitters opened the scoring but the Tornados scored eight straight points to build an 8-2 lead four minutes into the game. Lenox made a layup, and then Williams completed an unconventional three-point play before hitting a three-pointer.

Lincoln Memorial went on a 10-4 run to tie the game at 12 with 12:12 left in the first half before the Tornados went up 17-12 with just under 10 minutes left. Freshman Whitney DeMoss hit a layup before Williams knocked down her second three of the contest.

Mathis answered with a three of her own for the Lady Railsplitters before Williams fired back with her third three-pointer of the game for a 20-15 Tornados lead. Lenox made a layup and sophomore Lynsey Crisp hit two free throws to build a 24-18 lead with 7:43 left in the half.

The Tornados, however, went on a scoring drought for the next 4:55 and allowed Lincoln Memorial to tie the game at 24 before Lenox hit two free throws for a 26-24 lead with 2:48 left.  Both teams went back and forth before Brevard took a 31-30 lead going into the half.

The teams went back and forth to open the second half, before Lincoln Memorial built a 42-38 lead. Williams brought her team within one with 14:29 remaining in the contest. Freshman Claudia Arcega gave the Tornados a one point lead before Coker hit a three pointer to give her team a 45-43 lead with 5:59 gone in the half.

Lincoln Memorial went up 46-45 before junior Ariadna Simon hit her first shot of the contest, a three-pointer, to give Brevard a two point lead with 12:03 to play. The game was tied at 48 and neither team scored a basket until the 9:15 mark when Williams knocked down two free throws. Lenox then completed a three point play to give her team a 53-51 lead with 7:50 left.

Lincoln Memorial though answered again and the game was again tied, this time at 54 with just over seven and a half left in the game. The Lady Railsplitters took a four point lead but Brevard retook the lead after Williams made a layup and Graham drained a three-pointer to put the visitors up 59-58 with 4:56 left.

Graham continue to take over for the Tornados as she hit a three pointer and then stole the ball and laid in a fast break basket to give Brevard a 64-60 lead. Rawls cut the lead to three before Coker hit a three to tie the game at 64 with 2:36 left.

Lincoln Memorial then went on a 6-1 run over the final minutes of the game, including a three pointer by Mathis to give the home team a 69-65 lead with 14 seconds left.

The Tornados shot 36.4 percent (20-for-55) from the field but only went seven-for-23 from beyond the arc. They held Lincoln Memorial to 36.1 percent from the field, but the Lady Railsplitters were 10-for-23 from three point land. The hosts also had a large 31-10 advantage in points off the bench while the visitors had a 22-12 edge on points in the paint.

Lincoln Memorial had a 49-31 advantage on the glass, including 14-4 on the offensive boards. Brevard was 18-for-24 from the charity strip while the hosts made two fewer on one less attempt.

The Tornados return home on Saturday to face Lenoir-Rhyne for a 2 p.m. tip off. The game will also be televised on WMYA My40.

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