Late rally falls short against Queens

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BREVARD, N.C. – Trailing by as many as 14 points in the final period, Brevard College’s women’s basketball team rallied and took the lead late in the contest but couldn’t complete the comeback against Queens University on Saturday afternoon losing 62-60. With the setback, BC drops to 1-18 overall and 0-15 in South Atlantic Conference play.

Whitney DeMoss scored the opening basket of the contest, and Brevard never trailed Queens (4-17, 2-14 SAC) in the first frame. Brevard created its largest lead of the contest midway through the first, as triples from Hadara Bannister and Katie Williams on back-to-back possessions put the royal blue and white up eight 13-5. Queens ended the period on a 7-2 run to cut the lead to three at 15-12.

The visitors took their first lead of the contest early in the second stanza, continuing the run that ended with previous period with five-straight points to go up 17-15. Lynsey Crisp brought the advantage back to the hosts on the following possession with a three-pointer off a pass from Williams, who connected on a triple of her own the following BC possession following a three-point play by the Royals to put the Tornados back up 21-20. Queens ended the back-and-forth sequence with a 6-0 spree to take a 26-21 lead and went into the half up 29-24.

Queens created a double-digit deficit for the Tornados two minutes after the intermission, and held a 14 point lead with 1:29 remaining in the third period. Brevard was able to cut it back into single digits after a DeMoss basket in the paint, but a jumper in the final seconds brought BC’s deficit back to double-digits at 48-37.

Brevard’s final push came midway through the fourth period, as a pair of free throws from Madison Lenox sparked a 13-0 run that put BC ahead 58-57 with 1:50 remaining. The junior chipped in five points in the run while DeMoss scored four. Kyley Cark capped off the rally with a pair of free throws which gave the Tornados the lead, during the rally she also recorded a pair of steals. Queens countered with back-to-back jump shots to put the Royals up three at 61-58 in the final minute. Lenox responded with a layup on the ensuing possession, and the BC defense was able to cause a turnover giving the hosts the ball with 17 seconds remaining. The go-ahead basket attempt was missed and rebounded by Queens securing the victory for them.

Lenox paced the offense with 16 points and five assists, leading three Tornados in double-digits. Bannister ended the contest with 10 points and DeMoss posted 12 points and a career-high 14 rebounds, the fourth-most in Brevard’s NCAA-Era, for her second double-double in the past three games. In the three-game span, the sophomore has averaged 9.7 points on 63.6 percent shooting with 13.0 rebounds per game.

Shelby Wolfe finished the game with six rebounds, moving her within seven of Holli Flippo’s NCAA-Era career-leading mark of 447 boards.

Brevard is back in action on Monday, Feb. 8 when they take on Lenoir-Rhyne on the road with a 5:00 p.m. scheduled tipoff.

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