Wolfe becomes NCAA-Era leader in rebounds in overtime thriller against Bears

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HICKORY, N.C. – Brevard College’s women’s basketball team took on Lenoir-Rhyne on Monday evening, dropping a 72-66 overtime decision to the Bears. With the loss, Brevard drops to 1-19 overall and 0-16 in South Atlantic Conference play.

Prior to the extra time, senior Shelby Wolfe added another career accomplishment as she became the NCAA-Era leader in rebounds. Needing only seven to surpass Samantha Winn, Wolfe had eight in regulation and ended the night with a career-high 13.

Brevard forced the extra period with a triple from Katie Williams with two seconds remaining, capping off a 10-2 run over the final four minutes of play. Hadara Bannister began the rally with a layup to make it 60-54. After two minutes of scoreless action, Lenoir-Rhyne (8-12, 7-9 SAC) brought the deficit to seven with one made free throw but missed the first one. Kelsie Rhyne connected on a triple followed by a pair of free throws from Bannister to make it a one-possession game at 61-59. Following another 50 percent trip from the line by the hosts, BC got possession of the ball off a defensive rebound by Wolfe which set up the late heroics from Williams.

The Tornados scored the first point of overtime on a free throw from Rhyne, but LR countered with a three-pointer to take the advantage at 65-63. Bannister was able to bring it within one with a free throw, but three-straight points from the Bears extended the lead to four at 68-64.

Both sides opened the contest with layups off offensive rebounds, as Whitney DeMoss continued her strong play in the paint with an early board and basket. Brevard took its first lead of the contest at 6-4 after Williams drained a triple of the pass from Wolfe. Williams scored three-straight three-pointers for the Tornados to keep them ahead of Lenoir-Rhyne, as each of her downtown shots changed the lead. L-R had its first run of the game in the final minutes of the first frame, going for five-straight baskets to go up 19-16. Madison Lenox ended the period’s scoring with a pair of free throws to bring it within one at 19-18.

Lenox began the period with two more points, recording a steal and taking the ball down the court for the layup to put the royal blue and white on top 20-19. The Bears responded with a layup to flip the lead, followed by a triple from Lynsey Crisp to make it 23-21 in favor of the Tornados. LR scored the ensuing nine points and 15 of the final 18 of the half to put Brevard in a 10-point deficit at 36-26.

Brevard quickly brought the game back to within single digits scoring the opening two baskets of the second half. Lenoir-Rhyne countered with an 8-2 to extend the lead to 14, but the Tornados responded with an 8-4 of their own to enter the final period trailing 48-40. Bannister foreshadowed the next frame’s excitement with a three-pointer with two seconds remaining, concluding her run of five-straight points.

DeMoss ended the contest with 11 rebounds, her fourth-straight contest with double-digit boards. Her 50 total in the four-game span are the most by a Tornado in four-consecutive games since joining the NCAA in 2008. This season she has eclipsed double-digit rebounds on five different occasions, trailing Samantha Winn for most in a season as she had six such outing in the 2009-10 campaign and trails her 7.9 season average from that season with 7.8.

As a team, Brevard recorded 51 rebounds, the fourth-most in the NCAA-Era.

Williams paced the offense with a season-high 15 points, with Bannister ending the contest with 10 while she and Lenox both tied for the team-high in assists with four.

Brevard continues its three-game road swing on Wednesday, Feb. 10 when they travel to Mars Hill to take on the Lions with tipoff scheduled for 6:00 p.m.

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