Tornados' season ends on senior dayFebruary 27, 2016
BREVARD, N.C. – Brevard College’s women’s basketball season came to an end on Saturday afternoon, as the Tornados lost 73-63 on senior day. With the loss, Brevard ends the season with a 1-25 overall record and 0-22 record in South Atlantic Conference play.
The Tornados jumped to a quick 9-2 lead over Newberry (16-12, 15-7 SAC) with back-to-back triples from Nicole Graham followed by a Katie Williams shot from beyond the arc. Brevard kept the lead for the entire opening frame, with Kadijah Watts and Hadara Bannister also chipping in baskets in the period to keep BC ahead. Williams ended the first with another triple to give the royal blue and white the 16-10 advantage.
Madison Lenox was able to push the lead to nine early in the second frame, as the junior scored five of the first seven points periods to lead 21-12. Newberry responded with five-straight points to bring it within four before a Whitney DeMoss free throw ended the rally. Williams brought it back to a seven-point lead with a steal and jumper, but the Wolves responded with a basket on the other side to make it 24-19. Newberry went on another run late in the frame, bringing it within one at 26-25 before a pair of free throws from Bannister brought the Tornados lead back up to three. Newberry made two more free throws before halftime to make it 28-27.
Newberry scored the first three points of the second half to take its first lead of the contest, but Watts scored a basket to knot it up at 30-30. The Wolves countered with six-straight points to go ahead 36-30. Brevard was able to bring make it a one-possession game midway through the period off a triple from Lynsey Crisp, but four-straight from Newberry brought the deficit to seven at 42-35. Lenox scored the final points of the third to make it 46-40 heading into the final period.
Williams began the final frame with a three-pointer to make it 46-43, but Newberry scored 10 of the following 12 points to lead 56-45. The closest the Tornados could get in late in the game was six, after back-to-back three-pointers from Graham made it 61-55.
Graham led the Tornados in scoring with 15 on 5-8 shooting from beyond the arc, followed by Williams and Lenox who both posted 14. DeMoss grabbed eight rebounds and Bannister ended the game with five assists.
Bannister ends her career with her 76 th career start, the most of any player in Brevard’s NCAA-Era. Her 214 career assists and 2.2 average both rank in the top five of its respected career categories.
Williams leaves with the highest career free throw percentage at 85.3 and second in three-point percentage at 35.2. Her 11.7 career scoring average ranks fourth in Brevard’s NCAA-Era.
Wolfe leaves as the NCAA-Era leader in career rebounds with 481 and offensive boards with 230. This season, she grabbed 81 offensive boards on a 3.2 average to set both season records. She ranks in Brevard’s top 10 in career field goal percentage, scoring average and free throw percentage.
With her 14 points in the contest, Lenox finished the season with a career-high 411 points and a 15.8 scoring average. She also posted 28 blocks during the 2015-16 season, setting her career-high in that category as well.
DeMoss ended the season with the highest rebounding average in Brevard’s NCAA-Era with 8.3. Her 183 total rebounds ranks as the fourth-most in a season.
As a unit, the Tornados shot 72.5 percent from the free throw line, the fourth-highest total in Brevard’s NCAA-Era. The 874 rebounds and 33.6 average both also rank fourth in the record books.