Tornados fall to regionally-ranked Wingate in season-finale

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WINGATE, N.C. – The Brevard College women’s basketball team ended the season with an 89-38 loss to Wingate University, on Saturday afternoon, in South Atlantic Conference (SAC) action.

Wingate entered the game ranked fifth in the latest NCAA Southeast Region poll and 16th in the nation among the top three point shooting teams among Division II.

After being eliminated from conference postseason play on Thursday night with an 88-42 loss to Mars Hill, the Tornados (8-18, 6-16 SAC) finished the year with their lowest point total of the 2014-15 campaign.

Brevard had a season-high nine team blocks in the game, including a career-high four by Jennifer Martin, in her final game. Madison Lenox led her team with 13 points and also had five rebounds while Shelby Wolfe finished with five points and a steal. Nicole Graham had six points and two boards while Lynsey Crisp had four points.

Whitney DeMoss and Hadara Bannister each had five rebounds while Kelsey Rhyne had three points. Taylor Hiatt had two points, two assists and two rebounds in her final game for Brevard.

Shelby Tricoli had 16 points for Wingate (21-8, 19-3 SAC) including making four-of-six shots from three point range. Chantal Dunbar finished with 13 points and 11 rebounds while Brooklyn Boston had 12 points and five boards. Morgan McGee finished with 11 points and two assists.

The Bulldogs went up 9-2 in the first 4:37 of the half before Graham brought the guests within one point by knocking down back-to-back three pointers. However, Wingate scored 24 unanswered points to build a 33-8 lead as Brevard missed its next 11 field goal attempts.

Claudia Arcega stopped the drought for Brevard by making a layup with 6:01 left in the first half but Wingate went on an 11-5 run to close out the half.

The hosts went on a 20-3 run over the next 9:56 to go up 64-18 as the Tornados went 1-for-13 from the field during that span. The Tornados then hit five straight field goals to make it 75-32 with 5:28 left in the game but the deficit was too much as Wingate ended the game on a 14-7 run.

Wingate had 54 rebounds to Brevard’s 33, including 20 on the offensive glass. Wingate also shot 44.2 percent from the field (34-for-77) while Brevard made 20 less shots on 22 less attempts. The Bulldogs also had 42 points in the paint compared to the Tornados 14 and 19 points off turnovers, 13 more than Brevard.

Brevard finished the season scoring the fourth most points during its NCAA era (2008-09 season to present) with 1,619 points. The Tornados also averaged 62.3 points per game, which was good for third on the all-time list.

They finished with the best free throw percentage (73.4 percent) as a team and crossed the 100 blocks plateau for the first time in the NCAA era. Brevard’s eight wins tied the most wins since becoming an NCAA Division II school in the 2008-09 campaign.

Featured image courtesy of Tommy Moss.

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