Tornados close out 2016-17 season against Newberry

NEWBERRY, S.C. – The Brevard College women’s basketball team (6-20, 2-20 SAC) played its final game of the 2016-17 season against Newberry College (18-8, 14-8 SAC) on Saturday afternoon, falling to the Wolves 87-64.

Senior Madison Lenox (Raleigh, N.C.) capped off her impressive four-year campaign with her 11th double-double performance. Lenox finished with a team-high 26 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. The senior also dished out five assists and blocked two shots. Fellow senior Lynsey Crisp (Robbinsville, N.C.) finished with 13 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Sophomore AnnaLee Bollinger (Hickory, N.C.) finished 5-11 from behind the arc for 15 points for the blue and white.

Nicola Handreck who was just short of a triple-double, scoring 30 points, grabbing ten rebounds, and dishing out nine assists during the contest, led the Wolves. Four out of five of Newberry’s starters had double-digit point totals. Meg Essex finished 6-11 from the field for 14 points.

Newberry got on the board first with a three by Nicola Handreck. Bollinger would answer on the next possession scoring from behind the arc off a pass from Lenox. The Wolves would extend their lead to nine, before Bollinger added another three pointer to make the score 11-6 at the six-minute mark.

Lenox cut Newberry’s lead to eight, hitting both foul shots. Crisp and Cienna Bryant (Roanoke, Va.) would close out the first quarter with back-to-back three’s making the score 22-14.

Newberry extended its lead in the second quarter before Bryant hit another three and Lenox scored a layup to control the damage. The Wolves entered halftime with a 44-25 advantage.

Bollinger put Brevard on the board first to open up the second half of play, scoring from the perimeter off a pass from Lenox. Lenox cut Newberry’s lead down to 15 after sinking two free throws. Brevard was within ten points at the five-minute mark as Crisp made both foul shots, following a media timeout. The senior would make two more free throws to make the score 48-40.

The Wolves extended their lead with key free throws and a three by Handreck. The Tornados would close out the third quarter training 58-47.

Newberry got off to a quick start in the final ten minutes as Jaya Schultz converted on a three-point play to make the score 61-47. Lenox give Brevard three points making a jump shot in the paint, and sinking a foul shot. Brevard would finish shooting 91 percent from the foul line, converting on 11 of 12 attempts. The Wolves controlled the remainder of the game, winning 87-64.

The Tornados wrapped up their season with the final game of the regular season against Newberry. Senior Madison Lenox finished her career at the top of the leaderboard in the conference rankings including points per game, with a 20.5 average. Lenox will also go down as Brevard College’s all-time leader in points scored in Brevard’s NCAA era.

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