William's has a career-night as Brevard beat Lenoir-Rhyne 83-72

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BREVARD, N.C. – Junior guard Katie Williams had a career-night as scored 35, the most by a Tornados player in a game, as the Brevard College women’s basketball team defeated Lenoir-Rhyne, 83-72, on Saturday afternoon in Boshamer Gymnasium during South Atlantic Conference (SAC) play.

With the victory, the Tornados (4-13 overall, 3-11 SAC) have moved within two games of the eighth playoff spot by beating the Bears (6-12 overall, 5-9 SAC) while also splitting the season series. It was also Brevard’s first win over Lenoir-Rhyne in program history, based on available records.

It was also the second time the Tornados won during a televised contest in as many chances, the last coming against Tusculum last season during a 91-68 win on January 8, 2014.

Williams had scored 31 during an overtime game victory over then regionally-ranked Carson-Newman back on January 15, which was also the last time the Tornados won, as they snapped a four-game skid.

The Robbinsville, North Carolina native also made 14 free throws, which has moved her into second on Brevard’s history for most free throws made in a game, seven shy of her own record of 21.

Classmate Shelby Wolfe, who played in her first game since January 3 at Coker, registered a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds while sophomore Madison Lenox had 23 points, seven boards, four steals, and three assists.

Junior transfer student from Barcelona, Spain, Ariadna Simon also had a career-night with seven points off the bench for Brevard in 15 minutes of action.

Jazmine Charles, who was a preseason all-conference first-team selection, led her team with 20 points and seven boards on the afternoon. Morgan Cooper had 19 points while Jenni Gust had 13 points and seven rebounds. Brooke Robinson made her presence felt in the paint with 12 points and nine rebounds

After going down 10-0 in the opening 4:25 of the game, the Tornados were able to finally get on the board on two free throws by Lenox. The Bears maintained their distance for the next couple of minutes before Brevard went on a 12-2 run to tie the game at 16 with ten and a half minutes left in the opening half.

Lenoir-Rhyne built a five point lead before the Tornados score five straight as Simon hit a three-pointer to tie the game again at 21 with 6:39 left. Williams gave Brevard its first lead of the contest, nailing a three of her won as her team went up 29-28 with 1:35 remaining.

The Bears went up 32-29 as Gust and Cassidy Joyner hit four straight free throws but sophomore Nicole Graham helped Brevard go into the half as she hit a jumper of her own before causing a turnover and sending Williams to hit a fast break layup with five seconds left, as the hosts went up 33-32 going in half.

The Tornados opened the second half on a 7-2 run over the first 1:40 of the half as Lenox scored seven points during that time. Williams hit a three to put the hosts up 42-26 with 16:35 left before the Bears went on an 8-2 run of their own, as Charles tied the game at 44 with just under 14 minutes left in the half.

Wolfe gave Brevard the lead for good as she tipped in a rebound off a missed three point attempt from Williams and then Williams scored four straight points to build a 50-44 lead with 11:25 remaining. Lenoir-Rhyne tried to battle back as the were down just 58-56 on a fast break layup by Cooper with seven minutes left but 0-for-6 from the field over the next 3:49 and Brevard scored six of the next seven points in the game to go up 64-57 with 3:58 left in the game.

Brevard then put the game in hand going 15-of-22 from the foul line over the final 3:41 of the contest to maintain its lead over Lenoir-Rhyne.

The Tornados shot 40.4 percent from the field (23-of-57) while shot 38.3 percent on the same number of made field goals on three more attempts but the difference in the game was Brevard going 32-for-41 from the charity strip, including 25 of 32 in the second half compared to the 22 free throws made by the guest.

Brevard also had 19 points from the bench to Lenoir-Rhyne’s four but the Bears had a slim 38-35 edge in rebounds, including 16-12 on the offensive glass.  The hosts also had 11 steals on 16 Bears turnovers and had 21 points off turnovers.

The Tornados play their second of a three game home stand on Wednesday, February 4 against Mars Hill. The game is the first of a double-header scheduled for 6 p.m.

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