Rhyne sets NCAA-era record in Tornados loss at Coker

Box Score

HARTSVILLE, S.C. – Brevard College’s women’s basketball team outscored the host Coker in the second half, but the late rally fell short as the Tornados lost 81-66. Brevard drops to 1-5 on the season and 0-3 in South Atlantic Conference play.

Brevard had one of its best outings from beyond the arc since joining the NCAA in 2008, shooting 55.6 percent from downtown which ranks tied for second. It is the third time in 2015 that BC has shot over 50 percent from three-point territory as last season the royal blue and white shot an identical 10-18 against Queens on Feb. 7 and 50 percent against Catawba on the 21. Sophomore Kelsie Rhyne went 5-5 from downtown, the first time a Tornados’ player has gone perfect in five attempts in the NCAA-era.

Coker (5-4, 4-0 SAC) led the entire contest, scoring the opening basket on the first possession. The Tornados failed to score consecutive baskets in the first period.

Madison Lenox made her first basket of the night in the final minute of the opening stanza, her 300th career field goal. She is the fifth person in the NCAA-era to made 300 field goals in a career.

In the second frame Brevard got its first run of the contest as a jumper from Katie Williams followed by a three-pointer from Rhyne cut the deficit to 12 at 30-18. Rhyne hit two more triples before halftime as she Williams and Lenox combined for all 17 of BC points in the second period.

Coker created its largest lead of the contest at 30 late in the third stanza at 65-35 and again at 67-37 before a 7-2 run by Brevard to close out the period made it 69-44.

Brevard tried to rally back in the final period, outscoring the hosts 22-12 over the final 10 minutes. The Tornados were able to cut the Cobra’s lead to 18 midway through after a three-pointer from Williams made it 76-58. The final basket of the contest came from Hadara Bannister as she drove to basket in the final minute.

Rhyne led both sides in scoring with 17 points, followed by Williams and Bannister who logged 10 points apiece while Bannister also had three assists. Whitney DeMoss pulled down a career-high 13 rebounds in the contest with four points.

Along with the three-point advantage, outshooting the hosts 55.6 percent to 50.0 percent (8-16), Brevard also had the advantage from the free throw line shooting 87.5 percent (14-16) versus 71.4 percent (5-7). It’s the second-straight contest Brevard has shot over 80 percent from the charity stripe.

Overall, Coker shot 54 percent from the field to continue its best start to SAC play.

Brevard has one day off before returning to the hardwood as Lincoln Memorial comes to town on Monday, Dec. 14 at 6:00 p.m.

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