Morrow, Ga. - The Brevard women’s basketball team took the floor with the nationally ranked Clayton State Lakers on Saturday evening as they fell 80-66. Despite having four players score in double-figures the Tornados were unable to keep the Lakers at-bay, as they shot 44.8% from the field on Saturday evening. Brevard falls to 0-2 on the season after the loss.
BC was able to shoot 50% from the field but was unable to top the Lakers in Morrow, Ga. Holli Flippo (Kingston Springs, Tenn.) led the way for Brevard with 14 points as she went 6-for-13 from the field. Candice Fritz (North East, MD.) and Lindsay Brendle (High Point, N.C.) continued to display an offensive presence by scoring 12 and 11 points respectively on the night. Micheala Watkins (Forest City, N.C.) was also able to put up double-digit points off the bench on Saturday.
The Tornados were able to stick with Clayton State early in the first half by taking an 8-4 lead in the first four minutes of play. However, the Lakers would take over going on a 16-0 run in the following six minutes of play. With 9:19 remaining Clayton State was leading Brevard 25-10. The Tornados fell behind as many as 20 in the first half, but were able to climb within 16 as they head into half-time.
The Tornados came out flying in the second half and outscored the Lakers 14-4 in the first five minutes of play in the half. Brevard was able to come within four points when Micheala Watkins drove and hit a layup at the 11:13 mark making the score 56-52 in favor of Clayton State. The Lakers hit a free throw to take a five point lead, but Flippo was able to return-fire with a layup of her own brining the Tornados within three points.
Tanisha Woodard of Clayton State hit a three-pointer next time down to floor to give the Lakers a six point lead, but Flippo was undeterred as she came down the next possession and hit a three of her own bringing Brevard back within three.
The Tornados were able to claw within two at 8:37 when Fritz hit a jumper to make it 61-59, but were unable to hold back the offensive firepower of Clayton State as they outscored Brevard 17-5 in the seven minutes of play bringing the final tally 80-66 in favor of the Lakers.
Woodard led all-scorers in the game with 24 points for the Lakers. Drameka Griggs added 18 of her own off the bench. Rebounds proved to be a huge factor as Clayton State was able to pull down 43, while Brevard reeled in just 25.
Amanda Whitaker (Asheville, N.C.) led the Tornados on the defensive end with four steals, while Watkins swiped a pair and had two blocks in the game.
Brevard heads to Pfeiffer University for their next game on Tuesday, November 16. You can follow the game on 1240-AM WSQL or www.wsqlradio.com as Dwayne Summers and Seth Montgomery make the call from Misenheimer, N.C. Tip-off is set for 5:30 with the pre-game show starting at 5 p.m.