Jefferson City, Tenn. - The Brevard College women’s basketball team was unable to hold-off a second half surge by the Carson-Newman Eagles on Wednesday as they fell 73-62. Despite heading into the break with a lead Brevard was unable to hold the Eagles at bay and fell to 6-15 on the season and 2-9 in South Atlantic Conference action.
The Eagles were able to jump out to a quick double-digit lead after going on a 12-2 run in the opening three minutes and 20 seconds of the game. The Tornados were able to return-fire with a 9-0 run of their own making it 12-11 with 13:23 left in the first half. Brevard took their first lead of the game when Lindsay Brendle (High Point, N.C.) hit a three-pointer with 12:25 left in the half to put the Tornados on-top 14-13. Brevard was able to build on their lead and were up by as many as nine-points with 8:15 remaining in the first half. Following a Holli Flippo (Kingston Springs, Tenn.) three-pointer, the Eagles put up a 9-0 run and tied things up at 27 apiece with 5:31 left in the half. The Tornados and Eagles continued to trade baskets back and forth through the remainder of the first half with the Tornados leading 35-33 heading into the break.
Anna Schlobohm (Greensboro, N.C.) and Micheala Watkins (Forest City, N.C.) led the Tornados offense in the first half with 10 and 9 points respectively. Flippo led Brevard on the glass with four rebounds in the opening 20 minutes. She was also able to dish out four assists while scoring six points in the half.
Brevard and Carson-Newman opened the second half by trading baskets their first few trips down the floor and then the Eagles opened up a 12-0 run to put them on-top 52-41 with that being the largest lead of the game by either team at the 11:19 mark. The Tornados were able to cut into the deficit, bringing it to five, but never could make the run necessary to regain the lead, as the Eagles prevailed.
The Tornados were out-rebounded 32-14 in the second half, including 13 offensive rebounds by the Eagles. Zoriah Williams led the charge for the Eagles on the glass pulling down 13 in the second half on her own.
The Brevard offense was led by Anna Schlobohm who scored a career-high 27 points in the loss. She was 11-of-21 from the field and recorded her first block of the season in her sixth straight game scoring double-digit points. Micheala Watkins scored 13 points and had two steals, while Lindsay Brendle scored 10 and had a pair of steals as well. Holli Flippo and Asheley Watkins (Bostic, N.C.) led the Tornados on the glass with six rebounds apiece. Flippo was able to dish out six assists. The Eagles had all five starters in double-figures, with Zoriah Williams leading the way with a double-double. Williams had 13 points and 19 rebounds for Carson-Newman.
The Tornados are back in action on Saturday, February 5th when they play host to the conference-leading Tusculum Pioneers and the preseason NCAA Division II Player of the Year, Jasmine Gunn. In their last meeting the Tornados fell 76-61 with Anna Schlobohm and Lindsay Brendle scoring 15 points apiece. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. at Boshamer Gymnasium for Take-A-Kid to the Game day at Brevard College.