Brevard falls in hard-fought battle against Bears

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BREVARD, N.C. – The Brevard College Women’s Basketball team (5-11, 1-11 SAC) battled all 40-minutes of play against Lenoir Rhyne University (126, 8-4 SAC) on Saturday afternoon. The Bears took the contest in the end, by a score of 64-51.

Senior Madison Lenox (Raleigh, N.C.) had another stand-out performance, finishing with her eighth double-double of the season. Lenox scored 20 points and grabbed 14 rebounds. Three of those points came in a last-second shot to end the first quarter. Sophomore AnnaLee Bollinger (Hickory, N.C.) netted 16 points for the Tornados, finishing 7-11 from the field. Freshman D’Naya Wilson (Hampton, Ga.) stepped up big for Brevard, scoring nine points courtesy of the three-point shot.

Lenoir-Rhyne had three players in double-figures. Chelsey Romero led the way with 20 points. The forward finished 9-14 from the field and grabbed a team-high six rebounds. Justyce Swango added 11 points, and Brooke Robinson scored 10 for the Bears.

The contest featured much excitement throughout the game including three buzzer-beater shots to end the first three quarters of play. The Tornados had five blocked shots during the game, including four by senior Lynsey Crisp (Robbinsville, N.C.)

The Bears got on the board first scoring back-to-back layups by Brooke Robinson and Kendall Toineeta. Crisp put Brevard on the board with a three pointer at the 6:33 mark of the first quarter. Bollinger scored Brevard’s next five points with a three and a jumper making the score 8-12 in the final 30 seconds.

Justyce Swango made a layup that seemed to be the last two points of the first quarter, but Madison Lenox would receive a pass from Bollinger and drain a three as the final seconds of the first quarter ran down.

Bollinger put Brevard within one point to start the second quarter hitting a jumper. The Bears hit the next two shots courtesy of Robinson and Romero’s back-to-back layups. Bollinger tied the game at 20-20 at the 5:43 mark with a jumper.

Lenox gave the Tornados its first lead of the night hitting a three, to put Brevard ahead 23-22. Lenoir-Rhyne would take back the lead and go into half time with a four-point lead after Cassidy Joyner hit a three in the final second of the first half.

D’Naya Wilson connected from behind the arc at the start of the second half to put the Tornados within three. The Bears increased their lead to seven before Lenox would score back-to-back layups, putting the score at 36-39 with 4:08 remaining in the third quarter.

Lenoir-Rhyne went up by ten with five seconds left, as Justyce Swango hit a three. Bollinger received the inbounds pass and drove the ball to half court, launching a shot from half court that swished into the net as the buzzer went off. The Tornados entered the fourth quarter trailing 39-46.

The Bears controlled the opening minutes of the fourth quarter going ahead by 14 points at the 8:17 mark. Lenox and Bollinger would answer, scoring the next eight points to put the Tornados within reach. However, Lenoir-Rhyne would pull away at the end, hitting key foul shots to take the game, 64-51.

Brevard will be on the road for its next two games, traveling to Tusculum on Wednesday, Jan. 25 for a tip-off beginning at 6 pm, and then to Coker on Saturday, Jan, 28. The Tornados will return home on Wednesday, Feb. 1 as they host Lincoln Memorial University beginning at 6 pm.

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