Tornados drop close contest to Claflin

Box Score

BREVARD, N.C. – Brevard College’s women’s basketball team played its final contest of 2015 on Sunday afternoon against Claflin University, falling to the visiting Lady Panthers 63-60. With the loss Brevard drops to 1-8 on the season.

Brevard had its best 10 minutes of the season in the second frame, exploding for 28 points to take a 33-27 lead at halftime. Trailing by 13 after the first period at 18-5, Nicole Graham opened up the second stanza with consecutive three-pointers to make it 18-11. The Tornados continued to claw into Claflin’s (8-4) lead, taking its first advantage of the contest at 26-25 in the final minute of the half following a Hadara Bannister jump shot. Lynsey Crisp scored the royal blue and white’s final five points, including a triple at the buzzer.

The Tornados scored 12 points off turnovers in the second period, compared to three from the visitors. The defense only allowed nine points in the final 10 minutes of the half.

Madison Lenox continued Brevard’s impressive run in the third frame, scoring a three-pointer in the opening minute to but the host up nine at 36-27. Claflin, in similar fashion to Brevard in the previous frame, erased the deficit and retook the lead at 44-43. The leading side changed five times in the final four minutes of the period, ending with a BC up front at 53-52 after a layup from Bannister on the penultimate possession.

Following a scoreless minute of play, the Lady Panthers took the lead with a triple. Brevard was able to retake the advantage with a three-pointer from Crisp, putting the host back on top at 56-55. Graham gave Brevard its final lead of the contest, scoring a layup in response to a Claflin basket to put the Tornados up 60-59.

With 3:06 remaining in the contest, Claflin went 1-2 on a trip to the free throw line to knot up the score at 60 all. Neither side scored a point for two minutes until a foul from Lenox gave the visitors two free throws, making both to take the two point advantage. Claflin went 1-2 on its final trip to the line, giving Brevard a chance to tie it trailing 63-60 with four seconds left but they could not get a shot off in time.

Graham paced the offense with a career-high 14 points, topping her previous career-best of 13 which she matched last night. The senior’s 5-8 shooting from the field and 4-6 from three-point territory are career-bests. Crisp, Bannister and Lenox all finished with 10 points while Lenox had a team-high eight rebounds and two blocks. Bannister and Katie Williams both had four assists in the contest.

Brevard continued its success from the charity stripe, going 8-9 for an 88.9 clip.

The Tornados have a 17 day rest for holiday season before returning to the hardwood on Wednesday, Jan. 6 when they travel to nationally-ranked Anderson.

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