Three Tornados in double figures in exhibition loss to D-I Presbyterian

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CLINTON, S.C. – Playing its third Division I opponent of the season, the Brevard College women’s basketball team held the lead throughout the early going but fell victim to a decisive second-period run in a 70-53 loss to Presbyterian in the Tornados’ final exhibition contest of the season.

Sophomore forward Whitney DeMoss was the game’s top performer, finishing one rebound shy of a double-double with 16 points and a game-high nine boards. She missed just once in eight tries from the field and grabbed five offensive rebounds, helping the Tornados to a 26-24 advantage in points in the paint and a 16-13 lead in second-chance points.

The Tornados looked every bit the better team through the game’s first 12 minutes, building a 20-13 advantage after consecutive perfect feeds from Lynsey Crisp to DeMoss on the right block early in the second period. But Brevard was undone by a disastrous stretch that saw the Blue Hose hold the Tornados scoreless for nearly nine minutes as the first half drew to a close.

Presbyterian’s eventual 19-0 run was keyed by a Taylor Petty triple, the first three of seven points the freshman guard would score in the run. Presbyterian also enjoyed contributions from four other players during the stretch that saw the Blue Hose at one point make five of six field goals while forcing Brevard into nine consecutive misses with their lockdown defending.

Brevard led by five points on three separate occasions in the first period before reaching its largest lead early in the second. The Tornados tied the game twice before taking their first lead on a DeMoss free throw and layup by Hadara Bannister, who finished with 14 points, three assists, and a pair of steals.

The Tornados also got a solid contribution from Crisp, who gave Brevard three players in double figures with a 12-point performance on 5-for-12 shooting that included a pair of triples. The Tornados shot 43.5 percent from the field, outshooting their Division I counterparts by four percent, but committed 24 turnovers that led to 26 Blue Hose points.

Both teams came out of the locker room firing on all cylinders, deadlocking at 19 points apiece during the 10-minute third period while combining to shoot 59.1 percent from the field and 75.0 percent from beyond the arc. Brevard cut the lead to as few as nine points on a triple and free throw by Bannister and a pair of Shelby Wolfe free throws, but the Blue Hose held the Tornados at bay before scoring 16 of the game’s final 25 points to cushion their margin.

Presbyterian was led by a game-high 18 points from Petty, who knocked down five of her 11 three-point field goal attempts. Salina Virola and Rebecca Walker added 11 and 10 points, respectively. Petty and Virola helped the Blue Hose to 39 bench points, with the Presbyterian reserves accounting for nearly 56 percent of the team’s scoring.

While the game counted as an exhibition for Brevard, it was officially a regular-season contest for Presbyterian. The Blue Hose upped their record to 2-4 on the season and will next face UNC Asheville. Brevard returns to regular-season action on Dec. 2 with a trip to Winston-Salem State.

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