DeMoss sets career-high in rebounds in loss against Carson-NewmanFebruary 24, 2016
BREVARD, N.C. – Brevard College’s women’s basketball team began the final week of the 2015-16 campaign on Wednesday evening against Carson-Newman, losing to the visiting Eagles 74-67. With the loss the Tornados drop to 1-24 overall and 0-21 in South Atlantic Conference play.
In the contest, sophomore Whitney DeMoss continued her dominant season with a career-high 15 rebounds. The amount is the fourth-most in Brevard’s NCAA-Era and propels her season average to 8.3, on track to set the record as the highest since Brevard joined the NCAA in 2008 while pushing her career average over six at 6.1.
Carson-Newman (17-10, 11-10 SAC) jumped to the early 7-0 lead in the first two minutes, forcing a Brevard timeout. The Tornados responded with a seven-point spurt of its own, with Shelby Wolfe chipping in four points in the run, to knot up the score at 7 all. Brevard took its first lead of the contest late in the opening frame, after six-consecutive points from Nicole Graham put the hosts up 15-13. C-N ended the period with the final three points to lead 16-15.
DeMoss began the second period with a basket in the paint off the pass from Kelsie Rhyne to flip the lead in Brevard’s favor at 17-16. Rhyne was able to knot up the score at 20-20 after back-to-back Carson-Newman baskets gave them the lead, but the Eagles responded with an 11-2 run to take the 31-22 advantage. Katie Williams, Madison Lenox and Wolfe all recorded points in the paint in a 60 second span to cut the deficit to three at 31-28, and brought it to as close as one point at 36-35 after a Wolfe jumper in the final minute of the half. Carson-Newman went into halftime with a 39-35 lead after making a three-pointer with 10 seconds remaining.
Brevard was able to bring it back to a one-point affair early in the third stanza, with a Williams jumper and Lenox triple sandwiching an Eagles’ basket to make it 41-40. Carson-Newman scored the ensuing five points, but a triple from Hadara Bannister brought it back to within one possession at 45-43. Brevard was able to knot up the score again late in the third period, after back-to-back baskets from Graham made it 50-50 but C-N ended the period with the final four points.
Carson-Newman created its only double-digit advantage in the fourth period, when a 6-0 run to open up the frame made it 60-50. Lenox ended the rally with a three-point play, sparking a 12-2 run that tied it up at 62-62. Lenox and Wolfe both contributed five points in the rally with Graham chipping in the other two. Carson-Newman countered with a triple and never allowed the royal blue and white to tie it up again.
Brevard won the battle in the paint, outscoring the visitors 26-16, but gave up 30 points off turnovers to the Eagles.
Lenox paced the offense with 21 points, leaving her one point away from tying her career-high in points in a season at 398. Wolfe and Graham both ended in double-digits with 16-14 while Wolfe shot 7-10 from the field to increase her season field goal percentage to 41.8.
The Tornados conclude the season on Saturday, Feb. 27, when they host Newberry on senior day. Tipoff is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. with a special honoring of the senior class before the game.
Featured image courtesy of Tommy Moss.