Lenox moves into second on Brevard's NCAA-era career scoring list against Tusculum

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BREVARD, N.C. – Brevard College’s women’s basketball team hosted Tusculum College on Wednesday evening, falling to the visiting Pioneers 71-57. With the setback, the Tornados drop to 1-14 overall and 0-11 in South Atlantic Conference play.

In a contest that pitted two of the top scorers in the conference against each other, Madison Lenox, who ranked second in the SAC heading into the contest with 15.4 points per game average, scored a game-high 24 points with a 58.82 clip topping her Tusculum (9-7, 7-6 SAC) counterpart Shynese Whitener who met her league-leading quota of 19 points.

With her 24 points in the contest, Lenox moved into second on Brevard’s NCAA-era scoring list and is now just seven points away from 1,000. The junior’s 14.8 career average sits second while her 359 field goals made is the third-most since Brevard joined the NCAA in 2008. Her 15.9 season average is on course to set her career-high and currently ranks fourth.

It’s the third time in the past four games that the Raleigh, N.C. product has scored 20-plus points. Lenox is averaging 19.3 points in the month of January.

Senior Shelby Wolfe grabbed six rebounds, all on the offensive end, to make her the second player in Brevard’s NCAA-era to accumulate 200 offensive rebounds. The Pittsboro, N.C. product’s 2.4 offensive boards per game average is the highest and her 5.0 career rebounding average sits fourth. Her 2015-16 average of 3.6 offensive rebounds per game is on pace to set the NCAA-era record for best in a season.

Neither side found much success offensively in the opening 20 minutes of play, as the sides went into halftime with a 26-19 score in favor of the Pioneers. The Tornados went on an 8-1 run over a span of six minutes in the second period to cut the deficit to single digits at 17-24. The two sides exchanged baskets in the final minute of the stanza with Wolfe scoring on a physical basket that earned her a free throw.

Brevard doubled its point total in the third frame, scoring 20 points with 10 coming from in the paint. The Tornados were able to cut the lead to four after a 5-0 spurt off a layup from Whitney DeMoss and a triple from Lenox made it 28-24. Tusculum ended the brief run with a three-pointer of its own and pushed the advantage back to nine at 37-28. Lenox scored Brevard’s final six points of the period to keep the contest within single digits at 47-39 heading into the final stanza.

In the final period Brevard forced turnovers on Tusculum’s opening two possessions and capitalized on them with baskets to make it a four point contest at 47-43. Another triple from TC yet again pushed the deficit back up to seven, but Katie Williams brought the contest within two midway through the frame with triples on consecutive shots to make it 53-51. Tusculum scored the following six points, and 10 of the ensuing 11, to bring the lead back to double digits where it remained.

Lenox posted eight rebounds, four steals and a block to go with her scoring while Wolfe chipped in 13 points. Williams dished out a team-best four assists and tied with DeMoss for third on the team in scoring with six.

The Tornados prepare for their third game of the week as Coker comes to Brevard on Saturday, Jan. 30 with a 2:00 p.m. tipoff.

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Featured image courtesy of Tommy Moss.

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