Brevard, N.C. - The Brevard College women’s basketball team was unable to top the Lincoln Memorial University Railsplitters at home as they fell 69-66. Lindsay Brendle was able to set a BC record for free throws attempted and made, while scoring a career-high 24 points. The Tornados (6-19, 2-13 SAC) rode double-digit scoring performances by three individuals but were unable to hold the Railsplitters’ as they hit 16 buckets and scored 41 points in the second half.
The Tornados struck first in the game when Holli Flippo (Kingston Springs, Tenn.) hit a three-ball on Brevard’s second trip down the floor. The Railsplitters’ were able to return-fire with a 6-0 run giving them their first and only lead of the first half. After scoring six straight, the Tornados were up 9-6 with 15:24 remaining in the first half. Patrice Talley was able to make it 9-8 before Brevard went on a 15-4 run making it 24-12 with 10:04 remaining in the half.
Brevard was able to trade baskets and ultimately keep a 12-point lead until the final 3:11 when Lincoln Memorial went on an 11-3 run sparked by two buckets and a pair of free-throws by Dayshalee Salaman. Brevard went into the half leading 32-28.
Holli Flippo led the Tornados offense with 11 first half points. She was 3-of-4 from beyond the arc, and 2-for-2 from the charity stripe. Anna Schlobohm (Greensboro, N.C.) and Lindsay Brendle (High Point, N.C.) each added eight points in the opening 20 minutes of play. Asheley Watkins (Bostic, N.C.) led Brevard on the glass with five first half rebounds.
The Railsplitters were able to come out and tie things up at 34 within the first two minutes and 30 seconds of the second half. Lincoln Memorial was able to pick up their first lead of the second half by hitting the next bucket giving them a 36-34 lead. The Tornados were able to trade bucket back and forth throughout most of the second half as there were seven lead changes throughout the final 20 minutes of play.
Lindsay Brendle hit a three-ball with 1:19 on the clock to put the Tornados up 66-63, making it look like the Tornados would pull out the victory. Destiny Williams hit a fade-away jumper with 59 seconds left to put the Railsplitters down 66-65. After a steal by Salaman, Lincoln Memorial hit a pair of free-throws which gave them their final lead of the game, as they held off Brevard 69-66.
Lindsay Brendle led the Tornados offense with a career high 24 points. Brendle also set Brevard College records by attempting 17 free-throws and hitting 13 of them in the game. Anna Schlobohm finished with 15 points, while Holli Flippo had 11.
The Tornado faithful came out in full-force on the WBCA Pink Zone day, as Brevard raised $364 in donations to help fight and prevent breast cancer.
The women’s basketball team is back in action on Saturday, February 19th, when they travel to Hickory, N.C. to take on the Lenoir-Rhyne Bears. Tip-off is set for 4 p.m. at the Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.