Brevard, N.C. - The Brevard College women’s basketball team was able to outlast the Anderson Trojans on Saturday 67-63. The Tornados rode a career performance by Micheala Watkins and hot three-point shooting to improve their record to 6-14 on the season and 2-8 in South Atlantic Conference play with the win over Anderson.
The Trojans struck first when Amanda Parris opened the scoring with a three-point bucket for Anderson. After falling behind 5-0, Brevard answered with a pair of three-balls to put them on-top 6-5 with 17:26 left in the first half. The game continued to go back-and-forth throughout much of the first half as the biggest lead by either team was five points throughout the entire half.
Heading into the final two minutes of the first half, Brevard was able to lead by two points until the Trojans took a two point lead off of a Kimberly Major layup with just 50 seconds left to make the score 37-35. The score remained that way as the first half buzzer sounded.
Micheala Watkins (Forest City, N.C.) led the Tornados with 16 points in the first half. She was 5-of-8 from the field and 3-for-5 from beyond the arc in the opening 20 minutes of play. She was also able to dish out four assists in the first half. Anna Schlobohm (Greensboro, N.C.) was 3-of-6 from the field with all of her shots coming from behind the three-point line. She ended the first half with nine points. Ashley Abed was the only player in double-digits for the Trojans. She ended the first half with 10 points.
The Tornados were able to strike first in the second half as Lindsay Brendle (High Point, N.C.) hit the first shot of the half off of a pass from Amanda Whitaker (Asheville, N.C.). Brendle’s bucket nodded things up at 37-37. The Tornados and Trojans traded buckets the next few times down the floor until the 11:52 mark when Holli Flippo (Kingston Springs, Tenn.) tied up the game at 44 by hitting a pair of free-throws. Following Flippo’s free ones, the Tornados went on a 13-5 run and were up by the largest margin by either team when they led 57-49 with 5:53 left on the clock.
The next time down the floor Alissa Diaz hit 1-of-2 free-throws to bring the Trojans deficit to seven but Brevard was able to respond when Micheala Watkins hit a running jumper to give Brevard a nine-point lead, 59-50 with 5:20 left. Despite some late baskets by the Trojans, the Tornados were able to hold off Anderson’s final charge and took home their second South Atlantic Conference victory by a score of 67-63.
Watkins led all scorers by dropping a career-high 26 points on the Anderson Trojans. She finished the game 8-of-14 from the field and 5-for-7 from three-point land. Micheala was able to dish out five assists, pulled down five rebounds, and had three steals in the Tornados win. Anna Schlobohm scored 19 points in the BC win. She was 4-of-7 from beyond the arc and 6-of-14 from the field. Asheley Watkins (Bostic, N.C.) turned in a block and seven points, while Whitaker had a block, three steals, and three assists in the Tornado victory. Brevard shot 44.7% from the field going 21-of-47. They were even better from beyond the arc, shooting 50% on a 12-of-24 game.
The BC women are back in action on Wednesday February 2nd. The Tornados will travel to Carson-Newman College to take on the Eagles. The Tornados defeated Carson-Newman in their last meeting by a score of 81-68. Anna Schlobohm led the Tornados with 18 points while Holli Flippo and Amanda Whitaker each had six rebounds in the win over the Eagles. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. at Holt Fieldhouse and all of the action can be caught on 1240-AM WSQL or at WSQLRadio.com.