Brevard falls to Bears in SAC home opener

Box Score

BREVARD, N.C. – Brevard College’s women’s basketball team hosted Lenoir-Rhyne on Saturday afternoon in its South Atlantic Conference home opener, falling to the visiting Bears 78-63. With the loss, Brevard drops to 1-4 overall and 0-2 in league play.

Brevard had its besting outing from the free throw line this season, going 15-16 for a 93.8 clip. The percentage was the second-highest in a game since Brevard joined the NCAA in 2008 with the highest being 95.7 percent (22-23) against Anderson last season.

Brevard took its first lead of the contest early in the opening quarter, after a pair of free throws from Whitney DeMoss and a triple from Lynsey Crisp put the host up 5-4 over Lenoir-Rhyne (2-5, 1-1 SAC) two minutes in. Following a 4-0 run from the Bears, Hadara Bannister scored five-straight of her own to spark a 10-0 rally to put Brevard up seven at 15-8. Brevard maintained the lead for the rest of the frame and even created a nine-point separation at 21-12 following back-to-back layups from Shelby Wolfe and Madison Lenox.

Lenoir-Rhyne muscled its way back into the contest, scoring 12 of the opening 17 points in the second quarter to knot up the game at 28-28 with 4:54 remaining in the half and scoring the following basket to take the lead. Lenox responded with six-straight points, followed by Katie Williams making her first three-pointer of the season and a pair of free throws from Crisp to put BC up 39-30. Lenoir-Rhyne ended the half with a layup to put the royal blue and white’s lead to where it was at the beginning of the frame at seven.

In the first half, Brevard shot 40.6 percent overall from the field and 41.7 percent from three-point territory. 19 of Brevard 39 first half points came off of turnovers, more than triple Lenoir-Rhyne’s points off turnovers which were six.

Another fast start by the Bears knotted up the score midway through the quarter, this time at 39-39 with 6:34 remaining in the third. Williams made another three to put Brevard back up, and they held the advantage until the final minute of the frame when a jumper from LR put the visitors up 51-50. Lenoir-Rhyne scored the final six points of the quarter to lead 55-50.

Brevard’s deficit reached double digits in the final stanza, after a 7-2 run from Lenoir-Rhyne made it 62-52. Bannister was able to bring it back to single digits with a layup; scoring Brevard’s following five points to keep to game within eight at 67-59. Lenoir-Rhyne ended the game on an 11-4 run.

Bannister led the offense with 12 points and three assists in 35 minutes of work. Wolfe and Lenox both had 10 points apiece while combining for five of Brevard’s nine steals with three and two respectively. Lenox also had two blocks to maintain her average of over two blocks and steals, one of only five players in all of Division II to do so.

Making her first appearance of the season, Williams scored nine points with all of them coming from beyond the arc. The senior also dished out one assist while grabbing one rebound in 19 minutes.

Brevard capitalized on Lenoir-Rhyne’s 21 turnovers throughout the game, scoring 25 points versus 13 from LR.

Basketball is back on the road with a Wednesday, Dec. 12 contest at Coker scheduled for 2:00 p.m.

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