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The Brevard College women’s basketball team enters 2010-2011 looking to build on their 9-19 record last season as they open things up on Friday, November 12 when they face-off with the North Georgia Saints as they compete in the Chick-Fil-A Southeast Regional Challenge. Game-time is set for 5:30 p.m. in Morrow, Ga.
The Clayton State Lakers are hosting the challenge in Morrow, Ga. The Tornados will take on the #21 overall ranked Lakers Saturday evening.
Although they lost their 2010 North Carolina Collegiate Sport Information Association All-State College Second Team recipient and Brevard College’s all-time leading scorer in women’s basketball, Samantha Winn, head coach Shannon Reid is optimistic about the strength and leadership of the squad returning to Boshamer Gymnasium this season.
Coach Reid is returning 11 player’s from the 2009-10 squad, including three starters. Holli Flippo (Kingston Springs, Tenn.) and Anna Schlobohm (Greensboro, N.C.) return as juniors in the starting lineup this season. While, senior Amanda Whitaker (Asheville, N.C.) will return for her final season wearing the Brevard blue and white.
The 5-10 Whitaker averaged 5.8 points per game last season. She was sixth in the South Atlantic Conference in steals in her 09-10 campaign with 1.82 swipes per game. Whitaker proved to be a versatile passer from the post as well. She averaged 2.32 assists per game, good for 14th in the conference. Whitaker was also able to show her defensive presence averaging over one block per game.
Flippo is a 5-6 guard that can bang down low with the bigs. Flippo was second in scoring to Winn last season, averaging 8.3 points per game in 2009-10 with 3.6 boards per game as well. Not only can Flippo go down low, but she is a perimeter threat as well, making her very difficult to cover. Flippo was a 39.2 percent three point shooter last season and looks to head the Tornados offense with her outside shooting game.
Schlobohm will also return as a starting guard for Brevard this season. She is 5-8 and looks to be another scoring threat for the Tornados after averaging eight points per game in the 2009-10 campaign. Schlobohm played in all 28 games last season, starting in 19 of them. She averaged 3.6 rebounds per game as guard and looks to continue to shoot the ball well for Brevard after posting a 36.6% shooting percentage last season.
Reid has a slew of returners on her roster this season, including three more seniors to lead the Tornados on their 2010-2011 campaign. Micah LaJoie (Atchison, Kan.), Amber Roberts (Asheville, N.C.) and Brianna Worley (Asheville, N.C.) are all returning for their final season as Tornados.
Of the three, Worley looks to make the biggest impact as she started nine games last season for the Tornados. The 6-0 forward averaged 17 minutes a game last year and average 6.3 points per game. Worley is a transfer from UNC-Asheville and provided a good post presence off of the bench in her first season with the Tornados last year.
Roberts provides a three-point threat off of the bench. She was a 36.4% three-point shooter last season and averaged 3.3 points per game in her junior year. LaJoie is a senior leader that will provides great energy and enthusiasm for her team to feed on.
Reid has five underclassmen returning to the Boshamer hardwood this season for the Tornados. Junior Lindsay Brendle (High Point, N.C.) should play the biggest role of the younger returners. Brendle averaged 6.8 points off of the bench in 2009-10 and played 16.1 minutes per game last year.
Tempestt Mack (Albemarle, N.C.), Asheley Watkins (Bostic, N.C.), Katelynne Poole (Salisbury, N.C.), and Alyssa Cutshaw (Thomasville, N.C.) will return as sophomores for the Tornados squad in 2010-11.
The 5-10 Mack returns after appearing in 12 games last season, starting in one. She averaged 2.7 points per game and looks to build on her strong showing as a freshman last season.
Watkins appeared in all 28 games last season for the Tornados. She made three starts and the 5-7 guard looks to provide quality minutes for Coach Reid. She averaged 1.6 points per game and played 15.1 minutes per game in 2009-10.
Poole is a 5-7 guard that will provide size on the perimeter. She appeared in 22 games for Brevard in the 2009-10 campaign averaging 2.3 points off of the bench.
The 5-6 Cutshaw played in 25 games last season, starting seven. She was able to show her shooting ability from the outside making 10 of 24 three-pointers in 2009-10 which was good for 41.7 three-point shooting percentage.
The Tornados add five newcomers this season, including a pair of transfer student-athletes. Candace Fritz (North East, MD) is a 5-11 forward that comes from UNC-Asheville to join the Tornados squad. Fritz appeared in eight games, starting in three. The 5-6 guard Micheala Watkins (Forest City, N.C.) comes from Catawba Valley CC where she was named the team MVP and earned all-region honors. Both Fritz and Watkins should provide good competition for playing time this season.
Brevard adds three freshmen to their team as well this season. Chezney McJunkin (Easley, S.C.) is a 5-8 guard that should provide good competition at guard with her size and skill. McJunkin was named to the all-region team while playing at Pickens High School. Jazzmin Brown (Salisbury, N.C.) is a 5-4 guard who comes from a successful high school career at Carson High School. The Tornados also added some size in their incoming freshmen class by picking up 6-1 Jennifer Martin (Asheboro, N.C.). Martin should provide a big post presence for the Tornados in upcoming seasons.