Brevard wins third straight with triumph over Queens

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BREVARD, N.C. – Monster games from Katie Williams and Madison Lenox combined with Brevard’s hot shooting beyond the arc led the Tornados to their third consecutive win on Saturday afternoon as Brevard took down Queens 80-71.

Williams scored 27 points and has now topped 24 points in three straight games for the Tornados (6-13, 5-11 SAC), who have won three straight games for the first time since starting the 2011-2012 season with a 4-0 mark. Brevard’s sixth-leading scorer in the school’s NCAA era also dished out four assists, one from her season high, and was 8-for-19 from the field.

Brevard’s win spoiled an outstanding performance from Queens (5-16, 3-13 SAC) enter Lacey Singletary, a senior who formerly played at Brevard, who flirted with a triple-double. Singletary led her team with 16 points and 15 rebounds and had six assists, all of which came in the first half. In the team’s first meeting in Charlotte two months ago, Singletary had 14 points, 12 rebounds, and 11 blocks, becoming the South Atlantic Conference’s only women’s basketball player with a triple-double this season.

The first half was largely a battle between both teams’ top performers. Singletary finished the half with 11 points, seven boards, and six assists, while Williams practically singlehandedly erased several deficits and pulled Brevard to within three points at the half with an 18-point performance.

Williams cut into a seven-point Royals lead nearly five minutes into the game with a jumper in the paint to score her first points on the afternoon. Ten minutes later, Williams had 18 points, scoring all but ten of Brevard’s points in the stretch, and had an assist on a Lynsey Crisp three-point basket on the next possession to give the Tornados their first lead since the 19:03 mark.

When Williams and Singletary couldn’t continue scoring at will in the second half, Lenox picked up the slack. The sophomore guard poured in 14 points in the second stanza, helping the Tornados outscore Queens 35-23 over the final 20 minutes.

Queens led by as many as six points with over 12 minutes to play, but Brevard slowly closed the gap until taking the lead for good on a Lenox free throw with 3:57 remaining. Lenox missed her second attempt, but Shelby Wolfe collected the offensive rebound, was fouled on the ensuing shot attempt, and sank both of her free throws. Carmen Richardson pulled Queens to within a point on the Royals’ next possession, but a Williams three, a Lenox jumper, and four made free throws on Brevard’s next four possessions slammed the door and gave Brevard the win.

The Tornados took the victory despite allowing Queens to shoot 54.3 percent from the field, including a 63.0 percent mark in the first 20 minutes. Saturday’s game represented a reversal of a season-long trend for Brevard, which had allowed opponents to make an average of 36.9 percent of their field goal attempts in Brevard’s wins this season. Queens made the same number of field goals on ten less attempts than did the Tornados, but Brevard knocked down eight three-point shots compared to two for Queens. Brevard’s 55.6 percent mark on 18 three-point attempts was tied for the second-highest three-point shooting percentage in the school’s NCAA era.

With its win, Brevard is now tied for ninth in the conference with Coker, just one game out of a berth in the conference tournament. The Tornados are also a win shy of tying last year’s six-win campaign for the most conference wins since joining the SAC in 2008. Brevard will attempt to win its fourth straight game at Carson-Newman on Wednesday. Tipoff is scheduled for 6:00 p.m.

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