Slow start plagues Brevard in loss to Wingate

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BREVARD, N.C. – Brevard College’s women’s basketball team hosted Wingate for its final South Atlantic Conference contest of the 2015 calendar year, losing to the visiting Bulldogs 71-53. With the setback Brevard drops to 1-7 overall and 0-5 in SAC play.

The Tornados scored all six of its first period points in the opening two minutes of play to create its largest lead of the contest at two, 6-4. Wingate (6-3, 4-2 SAC) ended the frame on a 19-0 run to lead 23-6.

Following a layup from the Bulldogs which gave the visitors their largest lead of the contest at 19, Nicole Graham ended the run with a triple to kick start the offense. The senior chipped in five of BC’s following seven points to cut the deficit to 13 at 15-28. Brevard got as close as 11 in the second period but the halftime gap was 13 at 36-23.

A strong start in the second half quickly made it a single digit affair at 38-29 following three-pointers from Madison Lenox and Hadara Bannister. Wingate countered with a 10-0 run to recreate its 19 point lead, but a triple from Lynsey Crisp followed by three points from Lenox brought it back down to 13 at 48-35. Graham ended the stanza with back-to-back three-pointers to make it a 10 point game at 55-45.

Graham continued her hot shooting in the final period, making a jumper on the opening possession to cut the deficit to eight. Wingate yet again responded with a run, scoring 12 of the following 14 points to take an 18 point lead that they would maintain for the remainder of the contest.

Despite a slow start for the Tornados, Brevard outscored Wingate 39-32 in the middle 20 minutes of play. Brevard held the advantage in points off turnovers at 13-7 and dominated the three-point game shooting 26.5 percent compared to 0 percent for the visitors.

Graham set a season-high in points while tying her career-best with 13 points. Her five field goals made and three three-pointers made also tied her career-best, which game at Carson-Newman on Feb. 11, 2015.

Katie Wiliams had seven points in the contest, giving her 806 in her career at BC. Lenox inched closer to fifth all-time in total points, trailing Holli Flippo’s 883 by 17 with 868 after scoring 10 against Wingate.

Shelby Wolfe had nine rebounds, six on the offensive. With the three defensive rebounds, the senior becomes the 10th Tornados player to eclipse 200 career defensive boards and moved into ninth all-time.

Brevard concludes the 2015 year on Sunday, Dec. 20 when they host Claflin in a rematch of the 2015-16 season opener. In that contest, Lenox set the NCAA-era record for points in a game with 36. Tip-off is scheduled for 2:00 p.m.

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