Late surge puts WCU over Brevard in exhibition

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CULLOWHEE, N.C. – Brevard College’s women’s basketball team took the court for its first contest of the season in an exhibition tilt with Western Carolina on Friday afternoon, staying with the Division I opponent for 35 minutes in a 68-60 loss.

Brevard was not intimidated by the Division I foe, scoring 15 seconds into the game and again 20 seconds later to take its first lead at 4-2. The Tornados were able to go up by as many as five in the first quarter, but Western Carolina (1-0) battled back to make it a one point match at 19-18 at the end of the stanza.

WCU was able to retake the lead with the first bucket in the second quarter, but Brevard responded with an 8-2 run to make it a five point advantage for the Tornados. Brevard didn’t trail for the remainder of the quarter, and was able to create its biggest lead of the contest at 6 with a 30-24 lead midway through the frame. The Catamounts clawed into the lead and tied it at 30 all before Hadara Bannister drained a jumper to put Brevard back up. With eight seconds remaining in the half, Western Carolina was able to get a layup to even the score at 32-32 heading to halftime.

Coming out after the intermission, the home side rode the momentum from the late basket to spark a 5-0 run and put them up 37-32. Madison Lenox ignited Brevard’s offense with a layup to end the rally, chipping in 10 points over the quarter. The Tornados ended the frame with four straight points to make it a 49-46 lead.

Brevard held the lead two minutes into the fourth quarter before WCU tied it up at 51-51. A free throw from Shelby Wolfe gave Brevard its final lead of the contest at 52-51, followed by a Catamount point to flip the advantage. Brevard was able to tie it up at 53-53 before four straight points from the home team gave them the lead that they held for the remainder of the game.

Lenox led all players with 22 points, she ended the contest one assist and rebound shy of a triple-double having nine of each. Bannister and Lynsey Crisp also finished in double digit with 13 and 12 points.

Brevard plays its first regular season contest on Sunday, Nov. 15 at Claflin in Orangeburg, South Carolina at 1 p.m.

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