Mars Hill, N.C. - The Brevard College (6-18, 2-12 SAC) women’s basketball team fell 65-55 to the Mars Hill Lions (15-7, 8-6 SAC) on Saturday afternoon at Stanford Arena on the campus of Mars Hill College. After spotting the Lions a 15-point lead in the first half, Brevard was able to bring the game back to within one, but couldn’t hold Mars Hill off.
The Lions opened up the game on an 11-0 run which was ousted by Tempestt Mack (Abemarle, N.C.) when she hit a free-throw with 17:02 left in the first half. Mars Hill return-fired with three straight points before Brevard went on a 7-0 run to make it 14-8 with 13:34 left in the half.
Mars Hill was able to jump out to a 15-point lead after going on a 9-0 run with 8:53 left in the opening half of play. Brevard was able to bring it back within eight when Micheala Watkins (Forest City, N.C.) hit a runner with 4:24 remaining. Brevard and Mars Hill traded buckets back and forth throughout the rest of the half and trailed 37-27 at the half.
Holli Flippo (Kingston Spring, Tenn.) led the Tornados offense in the opening half with 12 points. She was 4-of-6 from beyond the arc in the first half. Watkins and Mack each chipped in with six points in the opening 20 minutes. Asheley Watkins (Bostic, N.C.) had three assists while Flippo added a pair of steals in the first half.
The Tornados opened up the second half with a 10-2 run bringing them within two, 39-37, of the Lions with 14:51 left in the game. The Tornados were unable to hold off the Lions as they went on a 7-0 run to get back up by nine, 46-37 with 11:44 remaining.
Brevard was able to bring it within one, 49-48 when Anna Schlobohm (Greensboro, N.C.) hit a layup on a fast break with 5:47 left. The Tornados and Lions continued to trade buckets throughout the rest of the game and Brevard eventually fell down the stretch as Mars Hill was able to convert on their free-throws and knock off the Tornados 65-55.
Micheala Watkins led the Tornados offense with 14 points in the loss. She was complimented by Holli Flippo’s 12 points. Flippo had three steals, while Amanda Whitaker (Asheville, N.C.) added three swipes of her own. The Tornados shot 34% from the field and 75% from the free-throw line. Brevard shot just 14.7% from beyond the arc in the second half and 26.9% from three-point land in the game.
The Lions had four players in double-figures as Tyler Carlson led with 14. Brittini Young had 13 while Jocelyn Williams and Tayler Deal added 10 of their own.
The BC women are back in action on Wednesday when they play host to the Lincoln Memorial University Railsplitters. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. at Boshamer Gymnasium for the Tornados "Think Pink" night.