Brevard drops SAC opener at Tusculum

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GREENEVILLE, Tenn. – Brevard College’s women’s basketball team opened up South Atlantic Conference play with a road contest at Tusculum, falling to the host 63-45. With the loss Brevard drops to 0-3 on the season, 0-1 in SAC play.

The two sides exchanged the opening eight points, with Lynsey Crisp and Whitney DeMoss scoring for the Tornados. Tusculum (3-0, 1-0 SAC) created a four point separation with a quick pair of baskets to give the hosts an 8-4 lead, but a 5-0 run from Crisp gave Brevard the advantage at 9-8. Following another 4-0 spurt from the Pioneers, the royal blue and white knotted the score again at 12 all with Hadara Bannister scoring three-straight points from the free throw line. Tusculum ended the frame on an 8-0 run.

Madison Lenox ended Tusculum’s spree, extending into the second quarter with a pair of baskets, with a jump shot to make it 24-14. Brevard was able to bring the deficit within single digits following a triple from Kelsie Rhyne at 26-17, but was countered by a shot beyond the arc from Tusculum. Rhyne scored the final point of the half on a free throw, ending Tusculum’s four point run.

Tusculum’s hot shooting continued in the second half, pushing the lead to as many as 22 points. Shelby Wolfe found her stroke late in the third stanza, scoring Brevard’s final two baskets.

Brevard tried to mound a comeback in the final frame, outscoring the hosts in the last 10 minutes, but the deficit was too big to overcome. The two sides exchanged points to open up the stanza, with Wolfe scoring six of Brevard’s 11 points in the span. The Tornados ended the contest on a 5-2 run.

Wolfe and Crisp both chipped in 10 points, with Wolfe providing a game-high nine rebounds. Bannister led the team with a season-high five assists and a steal.

Brevard saw a spike in efficiency on offense in the second half, increasing its field goal percentage by almost 14 percent.

Lenox, the SAC leader in blocks per game, provided two for the Tornados with seven points.

The two sides had identical 36 rebounds in the contest.

Brevard takes a hiatus from the rigors of conference play on Wednesday when they take on Division I Presbyterian College in an exhibition.

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