Lenox sets NCAA era record in season opener

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ORANGESBURG, S.C. – Brevard College’s Madison Lenox, voted by the South Atlantic Conference coaches to the preseason first team all-Conference, set the tone for the 2015-16 campaign in the women's basketball's season opener, scoring a NCAA era record 36 points at Claflin.

The record-breaking point game with 4:37 left in the contest, as Lenox drew a foul on a layup. On the first free throw attempt, the junior matched Katie Williams' 35 points outing from last season against Lenoir-Rhyne on January 31 which was the NCAA era record. Lenox surpassed the total to set the record on the second shot from the charity stripe.

To go with the record, Lenox also tied the record for most field goals made since Brevard joined the NCAA in 2008 with 13. Her .684 clip in the contest cracks the top 10 of the NCAA era record book. The junior also had nine rebounds and a pair of blocks in the 70-59 loss.

The opening basket of the afternoon, and Brevard’s first of the new season, came from Whitney DeMoss on a tip-in. Claflin (1-1) responded with a 13-4 run to create a seven point lead in favor of the home team.

Trailing 18-10 after the opening quarter, the Tornados started the second quarter with a 9-0 run to take a 19-18 advantage and force a Claflin (1-1) timeout. Following a made three pointer from the Panthers, Hadara Bannister and Lenox connected on back-to-back shots from behind the arc to put Brevard back up by four.

Claflin countered with a 7-0 rally to flip the advantage and claim the lead. Brevard was able to regroup and bring it within two with 1:17 left in the half, but Claflin scored the final two buckets to go up 36-30.

Facing an 11 point deficit midway through the third quarter, Brevard began to fight back, closing the gap to within four with less than two minutes in the frame.

The Tornados faced a similar situation in the following quarter, this time down eight points with 6:38 left in the contest. Brevard quickly chipped into the lead, capped off with a Bannister three to make it a one possession contest at 60-57.

Claflin closed out the game on a 10-2 run.

Bannister chipped in nine points with four boards, two assists and two steals. Lynsey Crisp provided five points and five boards plus one block.

Brevard finished the contest with a higher field goal percentage than the host, shooting 46.5 percent versus 36 percent.

Brevard plays its home opener on Wednesday, Nov. 18 at 6 p.m.

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