Lenox moves into fifth in NCAA-era for scoring at nationally-ranked AndersonJanuary 6, 2016
ANDERSON, S.C. – Brevard College’s women’s basketball began 2016 with its first contest against a nationally ranked opponent of the season, falling to No. 15 Anderson 77-69 despite leading heading at the half. With the loss Brevard drops to 1-9 overall and 0-6 in South Atlantic Conference play.
In the contest Madison Lenox became just the fourth player to eclipse 900 career points since Brevard joined the NCAA ranks in 2008. The junior from Raleigh, N.C. became the second-fastest Tornado to reach the number, as Samantha Winn was the only player to reach it faster. Lenox also moved into fifth in the NCAA-era record book for career points, now sitting at 901. Offensively, she also sits in the top five of scoring average with 14.5, second in the NCAA-era, and field goals made with 323, fourth.
Lenox kept BC in the contest in the opening stanza, scoring the royal blue and white’s first three baskets to tie Holli Flippo for fifth in the NCAA-era record book for career scoring. Anderson (8-1, 6-0 SAC) ended the frame with a 5-2 rally to recreate its largest lead of the period at six, 16-10.
Brevard went on its longest run of the night midway through the second period, scoring 13-consecutive points to turn an 11 point deficit into a three point lead. Katie Williams opened up the rally with a triple to bring the gap back to within single digits at 24-16, followed by a three-point play from Shelby Wolfe to trim the separation to five. Williams contributed another point, coming off a free throw after a Trojan technical four, allowing Hadara Bannister to knot up the score with four-straight points from the senior. Lenox capped off the spurt with a three pointer to give the Tornados its first lead of the frame. Brevard led by as many as nine, but went into halftime with a 36-29 lead.
Anderson muscled its way back into the contest in the third stanza, capitalizing on 10 points in the paint to tie it up at 48 all before a triple in the final minute of the period put the host up 51-48. Lenox ended the frame with a layup in the final second to make it a one point affair heading into the final 10 minutes at 51-50.
Both sides scored three points in its opening possession of the final period to keep it a one point game, but an 8-0 run from the Trojans put the host up nine with 6:59 remaining and the Tornados were unable to bring it within five for the remainder of the contest.
Lenox led all scorers with 24 points and had a team-best eight rebounds, followed by Nicole Graham who topped her career-high in points for the second-consecutive contest with 18. Wolfe and Williams both finished in double digits with 10 points apiece.
Bannister had a team-high four assists and matched Kelsie Rhyne and Graham with two steals. Lenox had the Tornados lone block of the night while also having a steal.
Brevard returns to the friendly confines of the Boshamer Gymnasium on Saturday, Jan. 9 when they host Catawba in a televised tilt on WMYA My40. Tipoff is scheduled for 2:00 p.m.