Carson-Newman snaps Brevard's four game win streak

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JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn. – Carson-Newman avenged a 77-76 overtime loss from January 14 by defeating the Brevard College women’s basketball team, 75-62, on Wednesday night during South Atlantic Conference (SAC) play at Holt Fieldhouse.

The loss snaps a four-game win streak for the Tornados (7-14, 5-12 SAC) while the Eagles (16-7, 10-7 SAC) snapped a four-game losing skid. Carson-Newman also held reigning SAC Player of the Week, Katie Williams to a season-low six points, while holding one of the hottest three point shooters in the conference to zero made field goals from beyond the arc.

It also snapped a streak of three straight 20 point games for the Robbinsville, North Carolina junior. Madison Lenox led the Tornados with 15 points, seven boards, and three assists while Nicole Graham scored a season-high 13 points on 5-of-11 shooting, including 3-of-7 from three point range. Shelby Wolfe had nine points along with seven rebounds.

Hadara Bannister had six points and four rebounds along with two steals and two dimes while Taylor Hiatt had five points and two boards.

The Eagles were led by Tatum Burstrom who finished with 20 points while Taylor Peterson had 16 points, seven assists, and five rebounds. Kaitlyn Cupples had 13 points and nine rebounds.

Brevard opened an 8-4 lead on back-to-back baskets by Hiatt with just under five minutes gone in the first half but the Eagles went on a 13-0 run before Bannister knocked down a three with 10:40 left in the half to bring Brevard within six.

The Tornados then tied the game on four separate occasions over the next 4:18 to tie the game at 23 before the teams traded the lead on back-to-back possessions. Graham and Lenox put Brevard up 32-27 on consecutive three pointers but Carson-Newman scored seven straight to go into the half up 34-32.

The Eagles opened the second half on an 11-1 run over the first 3:29 and build a 12 point lead over Brevard. The Tornados cut the lead to eight on a three pointer by Kelsie Rhyne with just under 16 minutes left but that was the closest Brevard got to Carson-Newman.

As the guests trailed 55-42, Lenox scored the next five points for Brevard to come within 10 with 9:50 remaining but Peterson and Burstrom sank back-to-back buckets to put Carson-Newman up by 15 with nine minutes left.

The Tornados made just 21 field goals on 62 attempts while the Eagles made eight more baskets on seven more attempts. The hosts also had a 53-33 advantage on the boards and a slim 32-30 margin on points from the bench. Carson-Newman also dominated the paint with 34 points.

The Tornados look to win five of their last six on Saturday against Coker in Boshamer Gymnasium. The game is scheduled for a 2 p.m. start.

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