Late basket lifts LMU over Brevard

Box Score

BREVARD, N.C. – Brevard College’s women’s basketball team hosted Lincoln Memorial in a South Atlantic Conference contest on Monday evening, losing 72-70 after a 4-0 run by the visitors gave them the victory, With the loss Brevard drops to 1-6 overall and 0-4 in SAC action.

Brevard took the early advantage after Whitney DeMoss drew a foul on BC’s first possession and made both free throws. Following a triple from Lincoln Memorial (6-3, 3-1 SAC), Shelby Wolfe scored the royal blue and white’s first field goal of the contest to put Brevard back up at 4-3. The Torandos were able to create a six point advantage late in the opening stanza after a four point burst from Madison Lenox put the hosts up 20-14.

Kelsie Rhyne continued her hot streak from beyond the arc in the contest, making her lone three-point attempt to extend her current streak to six-straight successful shots from downtown. The triple came early in the second frame to put BC up nine at 27-18.

The Tornados were able to create a double digit lead in the first half after a Hadara Bannister three-pointer capped off a five point spree from the senior and made it 31-20. The Railsplitters ended the half on a 15-7 run to make it a three point game at 38-35.

Katie Williams scored Brevard’s final five points, including a three-pointer. The triple was her 100th career three-point basket made, the fourth time a women’s basketball player has made triple digit triples in a career. The senior is the most accurate three-point shooter for Brevard since joining the NCAA in 2008 with a 38.5 career percentage.

LMU knotted up the score early in the third stanza at 41 all, going off for six-straight points after a Williams three-pointer. Bannister and Wolfe both chipped in two points to keep Brevard ahead, but a 5-0 rally from the Railsplitters put the visitors up 55-50. In the final minute of the period, Lincoln Memorial scored back-to-back jumpers to put Brevard down 10 at 58-48. Lynsey Crisp scored a pair of free throws to end the frame to cut it to 58-50.

Brevard orchestrated a late rally, outscoring Lincoln Memorial 20-8 over a seven minute span to recapture the lead at 70-68 with 1:35 remaining. Brevard took its first lead of the period on Brevard’s previous possession, as a triple from Lenox put the Tornados up one at 67-66. LMU responded with a basket followed by a three-pointer from Crisp to give BC the two point advantage.

Brevard scored a season-high 70 points in the loss, the last time they eclipsed 70 points was against Lincoln Memorial on Feb. 23 in the final home contest of the 2014-15 season. The 23 field goals made by the Tornados was a season-best while the 41.1 clip from the field was the second-highest of the campaign trailing the season opener at Claflin when the team shot 46.5 percent.

Lenox led the team in scoring with 16 points, assists with a season-high four while tying for the most rebounds and steals with four and three. Wolfe andWilliams both had 14 points apiece and Bannister had 13.

For the third-straight game, Brevard shot over 80 percent from the free throw line as a team going 16-19 for an 84.2 clip. The Tornados went 6-6 in the first half and made its first nine of the second for 15 straight.

Brevard continues its year-ending homestand on Saturday, Dec. 19 when Wingate comes to the Boshamer gymnasium for a 2:00 p.m. tipoff.

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