Bannister matches career-high against nationally-ranked Anderson

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BREVARD, N.C. – Brevard College hosted nationally-ranked Anderson on Wednesday evening, hanging tough with the No. 21 team in Division II in an 81-75 defeat. With the loss, Brevard drops to 1-22 over and 0-19 in South Atlantic Conference play.

Anderson (18-4, 16-3) jumped out to a quick seven-point lead at 12-5, extended its advantage to double digits late in the opening period at 19-9 with 2:07 remaining. Madison Lenox scored four of the final six points to cut the deficit to eight at the end of the first frame 21-13.

On the opening play of the second period, Hadara Bannister found Whitney DeMoss in the paint for her 200th career assist, making her the fourth Tornado in the NCAA-Era to eclipse 200 in a career.

The senior scored a layup, sandwiched by a triple and pair of free throws from Lynsey Crisp, to make it a one-point game at 23-22. Following a made free throw by the Trojans, Lenox scored on the following play to knot it up and then added another basket to put the Tornados up 26-24. Bannister connected on a pair of free throws to extend the lead to four at 28-24, but a 5-0 run by the visitors put them ahead. Trailing by one in the final seconds of the half, a foul by Anderson sent Katie Williams to the free throw line for three shots, making all of them to flip the lead and put BC up 32-31.

The Trojans scored on the first play after the intermission to take the lead before a Bannister free throw retied it at 33 all. The separation went back to double-digits late in the frame, after a 14-5 run by Anderson made it 49-38. A 15 second spree from Williams where the senior scored four points with a defensive rebound brought it within seven, but a 5-0 spurt from the Trojans brought their lead to 12. Brevard countered with back-to-back three-pointers from Crisp and Williams, but Anderson kept the advantage at double-digits heading into the final frame at 58-48.

Brevard saw its biggest deficit of the night at 17, after a 9-2 run to start the fourth put the Tornados down 67-58. Shelby Wolfe sparked the royal blue and white with a physical layup and ensuing free throw, followed by a steal on the inbound pass from Anderson which allowed Bannister to get to the free throw line where she made one to make it a 13 point game. Bannister was able to bring the gap to single digits with a triple, and repeating the result BC’s next time down the court to make it 70-64. Brevard was able to make it a four-point game with 2:05 remaining at 72-68, but a 5-2 run from Anderson brought it back up to seven.

Bannister finished the contest with a game-high 21 points, matching her career-high which she set earlier this season at the Boshamer Gymnasium. She also posted a team-best four assists with five rebounds.

Lenox posted 19 points on a 61.5 clip, edging her closer to the NCAA-Era record for most points in a career. With 1116, she needs only three to tie and four to be the sole record holder. The junior finished with five rebounds, two assists, a block and steal as well.

Despite her NCAA-Era record streak of consecutive contests with double-digit rebounds snapped, DeMoss still ended the evening with seven boards.

The Tornados play their final road contest of the season on Saturday, Feb, 20, as they travel to Salisbury to take on Catawba with tipoff slated for 2:00 p.m.

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