Tornados dispatch of Mars Hill 80-63

Box Score

BREVARD, N.C. – The Brevard College women’s basketball team used an 18-2 second-half run and a stifling defensive effort centered on the nation’s second-leading scorer to dispatch of Mars Hill 80-63 on Wednesday night and move within a game of a conference tournament bid.

With 10:30 remaining in the game, Camille Glymph, who entered the game as the second-leading scorer in Division II at 22.7 points per contest, sank one of two free throws to pull Mars Hill (7-13, 5-10 SAC) within two points at 54-52. The Lions would score just 11 points the rest of the way with Brevard (5-13, 4-11) notching 26 points over the final 10 minutes.

Katie Williams got the run going with a three-point field goal before Hadara Bannister added another 90 seconds later to make the score 60-52. The Lions drew within six points on a Genice Lane bucket in the lane, but the Tornados exploded to score the next 12 points, with eight coming from Williams.

One game after setting Brevard’s single-game scoring record with 35 points in a win over Lenoir-Rhyne, Williams led all scorers with 24 points and headlined a group of three Tornados in double figures. She outdueled Glymph, who connected on eight of her 19 field goal tries and was 1-for-9 from beyond the arc. Williams missed just four of her 11 field goal opportunities and was perfect in eight attempts from the free throw line.

Madison Lenox chipped in 17 points and a team-high rebounds to go along with four assists and two steals. Bannister joined the pair in double figures with 10 points and collected three steals. Lenox was 8-for-10 from the charity stripe, with she and Williams combining for a 16-for-18 mark at the line. As a team, the Tornados knocked down 83.9 percent of their 31 free throws, their third-highest percentage at the line this season.

The Tornados also had several key contributions from players off the bench. Kelsie Rhyne knocked down all three of her three-point field goals in a span of two and a half minutes in the first half to help the Tornados claw back from a deep early deficit. Ariadna Simon had four points and two rebounds, but made several hustle plays that don’t show up in the box score. She also totaled two assists, two steals, and blocked a career-high three shots.

The Lions appeared poised to run away with the game in its early going. Mars Hill raced out to a 10-2 lead less than four minutes into the game and had nine points from Glymph at the 9:53 mark of the first half. But the Tornados effectively shut her down the rest of the way, with Glymph going 3-for-11 from the field and scoring just seven points in the second half.

With its win, the Tornados sit in sole possession of 11th place in the South Atlantic Conference standings. Brevard passed Queens, the Tornados’ next opponent, after the Royals managed just 32 points in a 27-point loss to Catawba Wednesday night. The Tornados are now just one game behind Coker, Mars Hill, Lenoir-Rhyne, and Tusculum, who sit in a four-way tie for seventh place at 5-10 in league play.

The Tornados will seek a third straight win for the first time since four straight victories to open the 2011-2012 campaign when they play host to Queens Saturday. Tipoff is scheduled for 2:00 p.m.

Featured image courtesy of Tommy Moss.

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