Brevard, N.C. - Three Tornados scored in double figures, but Brevard was unable to overcome a double-digit halftime deficit in falling to the visiting Pioneers behind Jasmine Gunn’s 27 point effort on Saturday afternoon, 87-57.
Brevard (6-16, 2-10 SAC) was led by Lindsay Brendle as the junior guard scored 15 points in the game. Candice Fritz contributed 14 points and four rebounds, while Anna Schlobohm scored 12 points off the bench, adding a pair of steals as the Tornados fell for the second time to the visiting Pioneers this season.
Gunn led Tusculum (14-6, 10-2 SAC) with her 27 point performance, adding seven assists and seven rebounds to pace the Pioneers offense which shot 62.3 percent (33-53) from the floor in the game. Catherine Hintz added 20 points on nine of 12 shooting and pulled down six rebounds, while Kendal Baxter hit five three-pointers on her way to an 18 point game.
The Pioneers scored the first seven points of the contest with Gunn scoring four early before a three-pointer from the corner by Schlobohm put Brevard on the board at the 15:32 mark. Tusculum continued to press, eventually going up 27-5 as Baxter hit her second trey of the first half with 11:33 to play as the Pioneers built their largest lead of the first half at 22 points.
Brevard would fight back, closing the gap to 14 points with an 11-3 run capped by a pair of free throws by Brendle at the 6:38 mark. After Tusculum increased the lead back to 18 following four straight points by Gunn, Brevard against scrapped back in, this to getting within 10 as Micheala Watkins hit a three-pointer from the top of the key with 3:20 to play in the opening period.
Baxter’s fourth three of the half would put the lead back to 13 as the Pioneers closed out the opening half with a 9-2 run to take a 45-28 lead into the locker room.
A floater in the paint by Watkins would open the second half as the Tornados cut the lead to 15, but the Staci Hicks would hit a jumper and a free throw to convert the old-fashioned three-point play and Gunn went in for a layup as the Pioneers went up by 20 at 50-30. Brevard would continue to attempt to bring the game back within striking distance, going seven of 11 from the free throw line in the second half, but Tusculum held the 22-10 rebound advantage in the second half in putting the game away, 87-57.
The Pioneers held the overall rebounding edge, 42-24, but the Tornados showed the ability to pressure the ball in forcing 14 Pioneers turnovers, while only coughing the ball up nine times.
Brevard remains at home next week as they host Catawba College on Wednesday, February 9th, in a rematch of the game held in Goodman Gymnasium on January 12th in Salisbury, N.C. where the Indians defeated the Tornados, 77-45. Tipoff between the Tornados and Indians in Boshamer Gymnasium is set for 6 p.m.