Brevard, N.C. - The Brevard College women’s basketball team was unable to hold on to their halftime lead and defeat the Catawba Indians on Wednesday night as they fell 68-62 at Boshamer Gymnasium. Despite double-figure scoring efforts by three Tornados, they fell to 6-17 on the season and 2-11 in South Atlantic Conference action in their third straight loss.
The Tornados and Indians came out trading buckets as neither team was able to go on a sustained run throughout most of the first half. The Tornados went on a 17-9 run in the final eight minutes of the first half to give them their 30-25 half time lead. The biggest lead of the opening half was held by the Indians when they led Brevard 12-6 at the 13:35 mark of the first half.
The Tornados had four players provide the offense in the first half. Micheala Watkins (Forest City, N.C.) led the offense going 4-of-6 from the field for 10 points in the opening 20 minutes of play. Anna Schlobohm (Greensboro, N.C.) was 4-for-7 with nine points, while Lindsay Brendle (High Point, N.C.) went 3-of-6 for eight points in the opening half. Amanda Whitaker (Asheville, N.C.) was the other Tornado to add points with three in the first half. Watkins was able to pick Catawba’s pocket four times in the first half. She also had a pair of blocks in the first half.
Brevard and Catawba came out trading buckets again in the second half until the Indians tied it up with 15:01 left on a Johnna Foster three-pointer. Brevard was able to answer and get back on-top by four, 40-36 with 14:19 remaining in the game. Catawba return-fired with a 14-4 run, putting them up 10 with 8:11 left. The 53-43 lead didn’t last as the Tornados cut into it on their next trip with a jumper by Schlobohm. Alyssa Cutshaw (Thomasville, N.C.) was able to make it a five-point game with just over seven minutes remaining by hitting a three-ball. Holli Flippo (Kingston Springs, Tenn.) converted on her next time down to put Brevard behind three, 53-50 with 6:38 left in the game.
Catawba was content with trading basket with Brevard on the next few trips down the floor, but was able to jump back up by double-digits when Milica Ivanovic converted on a pair of free throws, making it 68-58 with 1:03 left. Watkins cut into the 10-pont lead by hitting a pair of shots in the final minute as the Tornados fell 68-62.
Ivanovic led all scorers with 20 points for the Indians. Elizabeth Merritt and Dana Hicks each recorded double-doubles for Catawba. Each contributed 10 points, while Hicks pulled down 11 rebounds and Merritt had 10 boards.
Anna Schlobohm led the Tornados offense with 17 points in the loss. Micheala Watkins and Lindsay Brendle each added 16 points of their own. Watkins ended the game with six steals, two blocks and four assists, while Amanda Whitaker was dominant in the paint on the defensive end with four blocks and a pair of steals.
The Tornados head to Mars Hill College on Saturday, February 14th to take on the Lions. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. at Stanford Arena, and all of the action can be caught on 1240-AM WSQL or WSQLRadio.com.