Depth returns in Tornados 58-49 win over Queens

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Despite playing with just five players for a little over two weeks, head women’s basketball coach Donald Hudson’s Tornados, continue to defy the odds, playing programs down to the wire. Saturday was no different as Brevard College (6-14, 2-14 SAC) downed the Queens University Royals (4-17, 4-12 SAC) by a final of 58-49.

Senior Madison Lenox (Raleigh, N.C.) continued her dominating senior campaign as the forward poured in a game-high 18 points, adding six rebounds, four assists, two blocks and five steals in the win. Sophomore AnnaLee Bollinger (Hickory, N.C.) got hot for the Tornados behind the three-point arc, draining five three points in route to a 17 point, four assist performance. Senior Lynsey Crisp (Robbinsville, N.C.) finished with 15 points for the contest, shooting 3-5 from behind the arc, while pulling down five rebounds.

After playing nearly two weeks with just five players, the Tornados welcome backed freshman Elaina Perez (Zephyrhills, Fla.) and junior post Whitney DeMoss (Candler, N.C.), who saw her first action of the 2016-17 season.

Queens’ McKell Oliverio tied Lenox with a game-best 18 points, while Cheyenne Logan and Maggie Stewart, each finished with double-digit scoring totals, while Logan collected a game-high 11 rebounds.

Brevard would finish the afternoon shooting 47 percent from the field and 42 percent from behind the arc, draining 10 threes for the game, despite being out rebounded 35-22.

Crisp would put the Tornados on the board with a three-point basket two minutes into the contest, while connecting for he second straight three just over a minute later as Brevard jumped out to a 6-2 lead and very trailed the entire game.

Brevard would connect for four first quarter three-pointers to take a 14-12 lead heading into the second frame of the afternoon.

Following two Lenox free throws and a layup, Bollinger would connect for he second of five three’s to extend Brevard’s lead to seven at 21-14. However, Queens would not go quietly into the half, as the Royals battled back to pull within one point of the Tornados with 1:21 remaining, only to have Bollinger answer from three-point range on Brevard’s following possession to take a 28-24 lead into the break.

Coming out of the half, Queens catch fire from the field, tying the game at 30-30 with 5:37 remaining and again at 32-32 just over 30 seconds later. The Royals would get the score within out point to close out the third quarter, but a jumper by Bollinger and Lenox lay-up put the Tornados up 39-34 heading into the final quarter.

Quarter four of the afternoon would belong to Brevard as the Tornados opened an 11-point lead on two Bollinger three-point strikes. However, Queens would battle back, eventually pulling within three-points of BC with 3:28 remaining in regulation.

Freshman Cienna Bryant (Roanoke, Va.) connected from three with 1:08 remaining to give Brevard a 54-48 lead, while clutch free throw shooting by Lenox and Crisp iced the game and gave the Tornados a 58-49 win.

Brevard will be back in action this coming Wednesday, Jan. 8 as they play host to the Mars Hill University Lions, with tip-off scheduled for 6 p.m. from Boshamer Gymnasium.

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