Due West, S.C. - Anna Schlobohm recorded her first career double-double and Lindsay Brendle and Micheala Watkins joined her in double-digits as Brevard defeated the Erskine Flying Fleet on Monday evening in Belk Arena, 69-45.
The Tornados (2-0) build a 29-20 halftime lead, holding the 28-21 advantage on the glass, as well as forcing 11 Erskine (0-1) turnovers in the first period in building the lead. Brevard opened the second half with a 14-4 run capped by a jumper from the top of the key by Lacey Singletary as the Tornados begin the season with consecutive wins for first time in the Coach Reid era.
Schlobohm led all players with 16 points and recorded a career high 11 rebounds in the victory as the Tornados shot 37.1 percent from the floor. Brendle added 14 points, going 5-for-6 from the floor, while Micheala Watkins added 13 points and six rebounds as the Tornados won the battle of the boards, out-rebounding the Flying Fleet 42-41.
Porsha Morgan led Erskine in their season opener, scoring 13 points and added four rebounds, while Jana Dixon added eight points and nine boards for the Flying Fleet. Elizabeth Tatum added six points and seven rebounds, while Adrienne Bannerman had five points and six boards in their first action of the season.
Brendle opened the scoring for the Tornados, hitting a jumper in transition off the steal by Schlobohm to put the Tornados up 2-0 with 18:57 left in the first half as Brevard opened up the game scoring six of the first seven points. The lead would expand to eight at the 13:27 mark as Holli Flippo hit the first of her three three-pointers to put the lead at 13-5.
Erskine battled back, cutting into the lead from the free throw line on free throws by Bannerman and Dixon at 20-17, but Brevard put the lead in double-digits after a pair of free throws by Katelynne Poole and a jumper by Schlobohm at the 3:23 mark gave Brevard the 29-17 advantage.
Rosa Powell hit a three-pointer for Erskine in the closing minutes of the half and neither team was able to score in the final 1:32 as the Tornados went into the break with the 29-20 lead.
A pair of Tatum free throws broke the scoreless streak in the second half, cutting the lead back down to seven at 29-22, but back-to-back Flippo three-pointers and a short jumper in the paint by Brendle helped the Tornados open a 14-2 run capped by a Singletary jumper from the top of the key to put Brevard in control at 45-24 with 15:07 to play.
The lead would expand to 26 after back-to-back shots by Brendle and Singletary, putting the score at 56-30, and though Morgan kept the fight alive for the Flying Fleet, narrowing the score to within 20 points twice, a pair of free throws by Taylor Hiatt and a Poole three-pointer put the game away for Brevard in the 69-45 victory.
The Tornados defense forced 26 Erskine turnovers in the contest, with Schlobohm leading the way with three steals as seven BC defenders recorded takeaways as Brevard advances to 2-0 for the first time since joining the NCAA Division II.
Brevard returns home to the friendly confines of Boshamer Gymnasium in Brevard, N.C. on Wednesday, November 16th as they take on their third consecutive Conference Carolinas opponent in King College in BC’s 2011-2012 Home Opener. Tipoff between the Tornados of Brevard and the Tornado of King is set for 6 p.m.