Tornados overcome 14 point deficit to defeat Rams in overtime thriller

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – After trailing by as many as 14, Brevard College’s women’s basketball team defeated Winston-Salem State University 69-65 in overtime on Wednesday evening. With the triumph, Brevard concluded its road swing with a 1-3 overall record.

Shelby Wolfe had a season-high 16 points with a season best 12 rebounds to lead both teams in each. Madison Lenox also chipped in 15 points with seven rebounds and five steals. Lynsey Crisp and Hadara Bannister also finished in double digits with 10 apiece while Bannister had a team high three assists.

Crisp opened up the final frame with a triple to bring the deficit within single digits at 46-38. Following a Winston-Salem State University (2-4) basket, Brevard did not allow another point from the hosts for almost five minutes, scoring eight points of its own in the span to make it a one possession game at 48-46 with Wolfe, Lenox, Bannister and Whitney DeMoss all contributed in the fourth quarter rally.

The Rams ended BC’s run with three free throws on their following two trips to the line to extend the lead to five, and then five more points from the charity stripe to make it 54-46.

Brevard yet again orchestrated a rally to make it a three point contest at 55-52 following a deep triple from Lenox. Trailing three with less than a minute remaining, Crisp drew an over the back foul to go to the free throw line where she made one to make bring it back to a two point game at 55-53. Following a Rams made free throw and with 10 seconds remaining, Brevard brought the ball down the court and found Kyley Clark beyond the arc for the equalizer at the buzzer.

In the extra period Brevard took its first lead of the evening after a triple from Wolfe put Brevard up 59-58. Brevard never trailed by more than two in the extra five minutes while taking its biggest lead of the contest on its final free throw to go up four.

With the victory, Brevard has now won a road contest in December for the second-straight season.

After a slow start Brevard’s offense started to click, scoring four points in the final two minutes of the opening frame. DeMoss put Brevard’s first points on the scoreboard with a pair of free throws to know the score at 2-2.

Both sides went scoreless for the opening two and a half minutes of the second quarter, until a post basket from the rams ended the offensive drought. Crisp countered with a three point shot, but a five point spree from the hosts extended the advantage to double digits at 22-12.

Brevard brought the score within single digits quickly with a triple from Madison Lenox and exchanged the ensuing eight points to keep the deficit at seven. Winston-Salem State University was able to push the lead to 11 with a late 4-0 run, but Kadijah Watts was able to make the final basket to make it 30-21 heading into the lockers.

Winston-Salem State created its largest lead in the third stanza, creating a 14 point separation. Shelby Wolfe had eight points in the quarter, including Brevard’s final six, shooting a perfect 2-2 from the field and 4-4 from the free throw line to make it a 46-35 contest.

Brevard hosts Lenoir-Rhyne on Saturday, Dec. 5 at 2:00 p.m. in a rematch of last season’s televised game where Brevard defeated its South Atlantic Conference foe for the first time.

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