Asheville, N.C. - The Brevard College Tornados women’s basketball team evened up their record at 4-4 by defeating the Division 1 UNC-Asheville Bulldogs on Monday night at the Justice Center in Asheville, N.C. The Tornados took the game 71-61 as they were able to hold the Big South Conference’s leading scorer Lindsay Thompson to just 13 points. Thompson was averaging 21 points per game.
The Tornados had four players in double-digits en route to their fourth win of the season. Brevard was able to jump out to an early lead but the Bulldogs and Tornados traded baskets up-and-down the floor for the first six minutes of play when former Bulldog, Brianna Worley (Asheville, N.C.) hit a three-point bucket with 14:11 remaining in the first half of play. Worley’s three sparked the Brevard offense as they went on a 10 point run. BC led 23-13 with 9:37 to play in the opening half. The Tornados continued to pressure the Bulldogs and build on their 10 point lead. Brevard led by as many as 13 when Lindsay Brendle (High Point, N.C.) put BC up 28-15 after hitting a jumper with 5:34 to play. UNC-Asheville was able to fight back, but Brevard took the Bulldogs into half-time with an 11 point lead at 34-23.
Brendle led the Tornados in the first half with eight points. Anna Schlobohm (Greensboro, N.C.) and Worley each had six points in the first half. Brevard shot 40.6% from the field in the first half, while the Bulldogs hit just 32.1% of their shots.
Asheville came out swinging in the second half and scored the nine of the first 12 points in the second half cutting their deficit to just five points at 37-32. However, the Tornados were able to answer as they return-fired with the next seven points to take a 12 point lead with 15:48 remaining in the game. Brevard was able to take a 14 point lead when Candice Fritz (North East, MD) hit a free throw at the 09:39 marker and BC led 56-42.
The Bulldogs were able to make a run in the final five minutes of play but were only able to come within six when they trailed 67-61 with just 39 seconds left in regulation. The Tornados were able to make four of their final six free throws to give Brevard the final 71-61 edge over UNC-Asheville.
The Tornados spread the ball around offensively as four Tornados ended with double-digits. Schlobohm led Brevard with 13 points, while Micheala Watkins (Forest City, N.C.) added 12 of her own. Watkins also came up with a pair of steals, four assists and seven rebounds in the BC victory. Worley finished the game with 11 points, as she hit three from beyond the arc and was 4-for-10 from the field. Holli Flippo (Kingston Springs, Tenn.) was able to drop 10 on the Bulldogs and came up with a pair of steals and six rebounds in the win. Amanda Whitaker (Asheville, N.C.) led the Tornados in rebounds with nine. Brevard was able to shoot 40.4% from the field in the win.
The Tornados caused 22 Asheville turnovers and they were able to hold the Big South Conference’s leading scorer to just 13 points. Brevard was also able to limit their turnovers with just 18 in the game, compared to the 26 and 30 in the last two games.
The BC women’s basketball team is in action again tomorrow as they play host to the Erskine College Flying Fleet. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. at Boshamer Gymnasium and will be the first home basketball game played at Brevard College this season. You can follow all of the action on 1240-AM WSQL or going to WSQLRadio.com.