DeMoss records a double-double against Mars HillFebruary 1, 2016
BREVARD, N.C. – Brevard College’s women’s basketball team hosted Mars Hill on Monday, Feb. 1, losing to the visiting Lions 84-75. With the loss BC drops to 1-16 overall and 0-13 in South Atlantic Conference play.
In the contest Whitney DeMoss posted a career-high 15 points with 12 rebounds for her first double-double while a member of the Tornados. The sophomore went an accurate 7-9 from the field and 1-1 from the charity stripe.
Mars Hill (9-9, 8-5 SAC) opened up the contest with an and-one play, followed directly by a triple from Madison Lenox to tie up the score 3-3. The Tornados took their first lead of the contest in the third minute of play, as Shelby Wolfe scored back-to-back baskets to put BC up 7-6 and added a pair of free throws to complete her six-point spurt.
Leading by two at 17-15, the royal blue and white went on an 11-2 run over the next three minutes to take a commanding 28-17 advantage. Brevard’s defense did not allow a basket during the span while Hadara Bannister and DeMoss both made two baskets and Lenox connected on another triple. MHU made a three-pointer in the final minute, but the Tornados got the last laugh of the opening period as Bannister found DeMoss in the paint for a basket at the buzzer.
Brevard held onto the lead for the entire second frame, despite a plethora of rallies from the Lions. Mars Hill began clawing into the lead in the third minute of the period, using a 4-0 rally to cut BC’s lead to six points before a deep three-point blast from Nicole Graham brought it back up to nine at 35-26. Two minutes later, Graham was able to bring the advantage back to double digits at 39-29 and a three-pointer from Lynsey Crisp on the following possession recreated the 11 point lead. Mars Hill countered with a 6-0 run to cut the lead down to three, but a three-point play by DeMoss made it a two possession contest again.
Both sides opened up the second half with runs, as the Tornados came out of halftime with five-straight points before a 7-0 run from the Lions made it a one-point game at 53-50. Brevard held onto the lead until the sixth minute of the stanza, when a layup from MHU made it 56-55 in favor of the visitors. Mars Hill built on the lead and pushed it up to five, ending the third period up four 62-58.
Lenox ended the contest with 23 points, making her the second player in Brevard’s NCAA-Era with four-straight games with 20 plus points. Samantha Winn is the only other Tornado to have a streak as long since Brevard joined the NCAA in 2008, having two such streaks in her career. In the span, the junior has averaged 22 points on a 50.7 clip with 8.0 rebounds, 3.25 assists, 3.0 steals and 1.25 blocks.
Bannister posted a season-high six assists in the contest, pushing her season average to a career-best 3.1 average. Crisp also set a season-high, scoring 15 points.
The 75 points is the second-straight game the Tornados have been able to eclipse 70 points. In both contests BC has made eight three-point shots and posted double-digit assists, with a season-high 17 coming tonight.
The rigorous stretch of nine games in three weeks continues on Wednesday, Feb. 3 as Brevard travels to Harrogate, Tenn. to take on Lincoln Memorial with a 6:00 p.m. scheduled tipoff.