Turnovers plague Tornados against LMUDecember 5, 2016
HARROGATE, TENN. – The Brevard College Women’s basketball team (4-2, 1-2 SAC) fell to Lincoln Memorial University (9-0, 4-0 SAC) by a score of 94-65 on Monday night’s conference matchup. The Tornados had 31 turnovers during the contest against the current No. 20 team in the nation.
Senior Madison Lenox (Raleigh, N.C.) had a season-high 31 points for Brevard. The forward was just one rebound shy of a double-double, as Lenox grabbed a game-high nine rebounds. Lynsey Crisp (Robbinsville, N.C.), Kelsie Rhyne (Taylorsville, N.C.), and D’Naya Wilson (Hampton, Ga.) would each finish with seven points to add to Brevard’s total.
The Railsplitters would be led by Shea Coker, who scored 18 points going 8-16 from the field and 2-3 from the perimeter. Megan Pittman scored 16 points for LMU while grabbing a team-high nine rebounds. LMU shot 52 percent from the field, converting on 39-75 of its shot attempts.
LMU would get off to a 4-0 start in the first minute of the contest off back-to-back layups by Sydnie Anderson and Megan Pittman. Madison Lenox scored a layup to put the Tornados on the score board.
The Railsplitters extended their lead in the first quarter to 14 as Emily Griffith came away with a steal that led to a Rachel Griffith layup giving LMU the 20-6 advantage in the final two minutes of the first quarter.
Senior Lynsey Crisp would sink two foul shots to end the first 10 minutes of play, to cut the Tornados’ deficit to 12 entering the second quarter.
Madison Lenox went on a run during the second quarter, as the senior scored six straight points. Lenox hit a jumper, where she was fouled by Gerda Paulauskaite. The senior hit her foul shot, and then the next possession scored two more points from the foul line.
The Railsplitters looked to enter halftime with a 17-point lead after Shea Coker scored with 13 seconds remaining. However, Cienna Bryant (Roanoke, Va.) hit a three at the buzzer to end the half.
The Tornados got within 11 points in the third quarter, as Lenox would once again convert a three-point play, and then scored from behind the arc to add three more points on the next possession.
However, six turnovers in the quarter cost the Tornados, as LMU out-scored Brevard 14-25 in the third quarter. The Railsplitters scored six points off turnovers during the third 10-minute period.
During the last 10 minutes of play, LMU increased its lead to 35 as Emily Griffith scored back-to-back jumpers at the six-minute mark.
D’Naya Wilson completed two foul shots at the end of the game to make the final score 94-65.
Brevard will have a quick turnaround as they return to the home court Wednesday, Dec. 7, against Queens. Tip-off begins at 6 p.m. in Boshamer Gymnasium.