Strong first period from Catawba too much for Tornados to overcome

Box Score

BREVARD, N.C. – Brevard College’s women’s basketball team hosted Catawba College in a televised contest on Saturday evening, losing to the visitors 70-55. With the loss Brevard drops to 1-10 on the season and 0-7 in South Atlantic Conference play.

Catawba (6-8, 3-5 SAC) scored on the opening possession and never trailed in the contest. Madison Lenox knotted up the score on the ensuing possession, and Shelby Wolfe did the same on Brevard’s next possession following another Catawba score. A triple from the Indians countered by another layup from Lenox left Catawba up 7-6 after both teams started the contest making its first three baskets. Catawba went on a 9-0 spurt to create a double digit separation at 16-6, and muscled 15 of the following 23 points to lead 31-13 after the first period.

Brevard doubled its point total in the second stanza, with a balanced attack of five different players scoring over the 10 minutes.

The Tornados began to cut into the lead early in the third frame, with two layups from Hadara Bannister sandwiching a fast break basket from Wolfe highlighting an 8-0 run to make it 47-34. Lenox, who has recorded a steal and block in every game she has played against the Indians, met her quota on back-to-back possession in the third period. Following a pair of baskets from Catawba, Wolfe scored back-to-back baskets to bring it back to 13 at 51-38. Brevard ended the period with a buzzer beater from Hadara for the Tornados’ 20th point of the stanza.

Nicole Graham brought the lead down to 10 at 59-49 with a triple, but a three-pointer from Catawba ended the rally and prevented the royal blue and white from bringing the gap to within single digits. Neither side strung together a run of more than four consecutive points in the final 10 minutes of play. For the second-consecutive period, Brevard scored the final basket as Lenox recorded another steal and drove the ball for a fast break layup.

The loss is the first time that Brevard has lost a televised game, having prevailed the previous two times. It’s also the first time that the class of 2016 has ever lost to Catawba when playing them at Boshamer Gymnasium, entering the contest with a 3-0 record.

Wolfe led Brevard with 18 points, a season-high, while matching her career marks in steals and blocks with four and two. Lenox also finished in double digit scoring with 12 points while leading the team with seven rebounds and three blocks. Seven players recorded a steal in the contest for 12 as team, compared to two by Catawba.

Brevard went 8-10 from the free throw line, improving its percentage from the charity stripe to 74.9 which is on pace to be Brevard’s highest since joining the NCAA in 2008.

The Tornados gruesome stretch of four-consecutive contests against teams that made the NCAA tournament last season continues on Wednesday, Jan. 13 as the Tornados travel to Jefferson City, Tenn. to take on Carson-Newman at 6:00 p.m.

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