The Brevard College women’s basketball team was downed in South Atlantic Conference play on Wednesday when fell to the SAC leading Catawba College Indians, 77-45. With the loss Brevard falls to 5-10 on the season and 1-4 in conference play, while the Indians are now 11-4 and remain undefeated at 5-0 in SAC competitions.
After controlling the opening tip-off the Catawba Indians were off to the races going 3-for-3 from the field scoring the first eight points of the game. Catawba started 2-of-2 from beyond the arc as well. Micheala Watkins (Forest City, N.C.) ended the Indians 8-0 run when she hit the first bucket of the game for Brevard making it 8-2. Brevard was able to make it 8-4 when Anna Schlobohm (Greensboro, N.C.) hit a jumper. The Tornados and Indians were able to trade baskets back and forth making it 14-6 with just over 14 minutes left in the first half. Brevard brought the score within two when Lindsay Brendle (High Point, N.C.) hit a pair of three-point buckets along with a pair of free-throws from Alyssa Cutshaw (Thomasville, N.C.). At the 10:41 mark the Tornados trailed 16-14. Despite continuing to trail the Tornados kept up with the conference-leading Catawba Indians and with 7:08 remaining Brevard trailed just 21-18, in large part to Brendle’s 10 points at that mark. Following the third media timeout of the half, Catawba went on a 18-2 run making it 39-20 to finish out the first half.
Lindsay Brendle led Brevard’s offense in the first half with 10 points, while Amanda Whitaker (Asheville, N.C.) was the Tornados defensive force with a block and two steals in 13 minutes of play. Brevard shot just 32% from the floor in the first half, and 16.7% from beyond the arc. Catawba shot 51.6% from the field and went 3-of-7 from three-point land, good for 42.7%. Elizabeth Merritt led the Catawba offense with 11 first-half points, while the Tornados kept the reigning South Atlantic Conference Player of the Week, Milica Ivanovic, to just four points in the first half.
The Tornados and Indians came out matching each other up and down the floor to start the second half. Each scored seven points a piece, including three-pointer from Brendle as they went into the first media timeout. Brevard trailed 46-27 at the 15:38 marker. Catawba went on a 7-0 run following the stoppage in play taking a 53-27 lead over the Tornados. Micheala Watkins was able stop the run when she hit a running jumper making it 53-29. The next time down the floor Alyssa Cutshaw hit a three-ball off of a pass from Amanda Whitaker. Whitaker hit a layup the next time down off of a handoff from Watkins making the score 53-34 at the 11:47 mark. Brevard and Catawba traded baskets the next few times down the floor and with just over eight minutes left in the half, Brevard trailed 57-37. The Indians were able to muster up a 9-1 run over Brevard putting them on top 66-38 with just 3:42 left in the game. Catawba was able to keep control of the game through the final minutes of play as they were able to build on their lead, giving them the final 77-45 edge.
Brendle led BC offensively with 16 points in the game, while Whitaker was able to block three shots and pick Catawba’s pocket on four occasions. Asheley Watkins (Bostic, N.C.) led the Tornados on the glass with four rebounds. Milica Ivanovic had 18 second half points and led all scorers with 22 points in the game. Dana Hicks was a force on the boards for Catawba, pulling down 13 rebounds.
The Tornados are back in action on Saturday afternoon when they play host to the Lenoir-Rhyne Bears in a South Atlantic Conference game. You can catch all of the action at Boshamer Gymnasium and if you can’t make it to the game, be sure to tune into 1240-AM WSQL or WSQLRadio.com for live audio of the game. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. with the men’s contest to follow.