DeMoss cracks top five for single season rebounds at Wingate

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WINGATE, N.C. – Brevard College’s women’s basketball team concluded its rigorous stretch of nine games in 19 days on Saturday at Wingate, falling to the host Bulldogs 70-58. With the loss, BC drops to 1-21 overall and 0-18 in South Atlantic Conference play.

In the contest, sophomore Whitney DeMoss grabbed 10 rebounds to extend her streak of contests with double-digit rebounds to six. She currently has 148 rebounds this season, which ranks fourth in Brevard’s NCAA-Era for most in one season. Her 8.2 rebounds per game is on pace to set the record for highest average since Brevard joined the NCAA ranks in 2008.

The game opened up with back-to-back jumpers from Wingate (14-8, 11-7 SAC), followed by a triple from Hadara Bannister and a made free throw by Madison Lenox to know it up at 4 all. The Bulldogs retook the lead on a fast break layup two plays later, and extended the advantage to five at 11-6. Brevard brought it back to within three after a steal by Katie Williams led to a fast break layup by Lenox, and made it a one-point game in the final minute of the first off a pair of free throws from Kelsie Rhyne. Wingate scored with five seconds remaining to lead 13-10.

Bannister was able to make it a one-possession game on Brevard’s first trip down the court with a triple, but the hosts countered with a 10-0 spree to go up 25-13. Lenox ended Wingate’s run with a jumper, followed by a three-pointer from Williams to bring the gap to within single digits at 25-18. Wingate scored the final 14 points of the frame to lead 39-18 at the intermission.

Shelby Wolfe came out of the break and scored the opening four points of the third period, and six of the first nine, to make it 42-24. Lenox and DeMoss chipped in to the comeback attempt with a triple and jumper to give Brevard 11 points in the first four minutes of the frame and made it 42-29. The Tornados rally ended with a triple from Lynsey Crisp that made it a 12 point game at 44-32, before a four-point spree from Wingate extended the lead back to 16.

Brevard was able to bring the deficit to 12 once again late in the contest, after an 11-2 run over three and a half minutes made it 66-54. Wingate added a pair of late baskets to again make the lead 16, but the Tornados ended the contest with the final two baskets.

Lenox led the team with 13 points and matched her career-high for assists with six. Bannister and Wolfe also ended the contest with double-digit points, with both having 10. Wolfe posted a career-high in assists with six while Bannister had two, four steals and a block.

As a unit, the royal blue and white recorded 16 assists, the second-most this season and fourth-straight contest that the team finished in double-digits.

Brevard’s defense held Wingate to just one made three-point basket, the second-straight contest that the Tornados have only allowed one three-point basket by the opposition.

The Tornados are back in action on Wednesday, Feb. 17 when they host nationally-ranked Anderson with tipoff scheduled for 4:45 p.m.

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