Historic free throw shooting not enough at Carson-NewmanJanuary 13, 2016
JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn. – Brevard College’s women’s basketball took on regionally ranked Carson-Newman on Wednesday evening, losing to the hosts 75-57. With the loss Brevard drops to 1-11 overall and 0-8 in South Atlantic Conference play.
In the contest Brevard went 13-14 from the free throw line for a 92.9 percentage, the third highest in Brevard’s NCAA-era. The Tornados have only shot over 90 percent four times, twice have been this season. Heading into tonight’s contest Brevard ranked second in the SAC for free throw percentage and now post a 76.2 clip from the charity stripe, on pace to set Brevard’s NCAA-era record for highest in a season.
Individually, seniors Shelby Wolfe and Hadara Bannister made strides in the record book, as Wolfe’s four rebounds and Bannister’s four assists moved both into the top five of Brevard’s NCAA-era in each category. Wolfe now has 403 career board which is the fourth most in a career since Brevard joined the NCAA in 2008, while Bannister’s 170 brought her into the top five at fifth. Their career averages of 5.0 boards and 2.1 assists also rank in the top five in their respected categories at fourth and fifth.
Carson-Newman (11-4, 5-4 SAC) scored on its opening possession, grabbing a pair of offensive boards to muscle in the first basket of the contest. After a minute of scoreless basketball, Madison Lenox knotted up the score at two apiece with a jumper off a pass from Nicole Graham. The Eagles countered with back-to-back baskets, giving them the lead which they held for the remainder of the contest. Brevard was able to bring it back to a one possession game after a layup from Lenox and a steal from Lynsey Crisp turned into a triple from Crisp made it 13-11, but Carson-Newman ended the run with a fast break score.
Trailing by 10 heading into the second stanza, the Tornados went 3-4 from beyond the arc over a four minute span to chip into the lead and bringing it down to as little as seven at 33-26. Carson-Newman responded to the hot streak with nine-straight points to extend the lead back to double digits.
Brevard’s best rally of the third period came three minutes in, when the royal blue and white went on a 6-2 run to make it 52-29. Graham and Lenox both had three-point play opportunities and made their free throws after making the shot with contact.
Brevard had twice as many points in the paint over Carson-Newman in the final 10 minutes of play at 8-4, and outscored the hosts overall 16-13 to close out the contest.
Lenox led Brevard with 20 points, the second time in three games that the junior scored at least 20 points and the third time this season she has scored 20 or more. Wolfe and Crisp also finished the contest in double digit scoring with 13 points each, a season-high for Crisp.
Graham dished out a career-high four assists in the contest, tied with Bannister for the most on the team. Lenox posted a team-best six rebounds while she, Crisp and Kadijah Watts all had two steals.
Brevard travels to Newberry on Saturday, Jan. 16 for a road contest against the defending SAC Tournament champion Wolves with tipoff slated for 2:00 p.m.