Brevard, N.C. - Lindsay Brendle led four Brevard players in double figures on the evening with 18 points as the Tornados overcame King College shooting 61.5 percent from behind the arc led by Brooke Johnson’s five three-pointers in winning their home opener in Boshamer Gymnasium on Wednesday evening, 76-66.
King (0-2) battled back from a 15 point deficit to take the lead with 8:39 left on the clock in the second half, but Brevard rallied from the free throw line, connecting on 14-of-17 from the charity stripe in the final 20 minutes of the game in improving to 3-0 for the first time since the Tornados became full members of the NCAA Division II.
Brendle led Brevard with her 18 points, going a perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line as the Tornados shot a season high 70.4 percent (19-27) from the stripe in the contest. Micheala Watkins added 14 points and four steals, while Holli Flippo had 14 points, hitting four of the nine three-pointers the Tornados connected on in the game. Anna Schlobohm was also in double-digits with 12 points and four assists. Asheley Watkins also filled the stat sheet in the game, leading the team with eight rebounds, while added four assists, four steals and two blocked shots to pace the Brevard defensive efforts.
Johnson led the King offense with a game high 21 points as the Tornado connected on more than 60.0 percent of their three-point attempts from the floor for the second consecutive game. The junior guard hit a team high four treys as King shot 61.5 percent (8-13) from behind the arc in the contest against the Tornados. Kelly Jackson added 13 points and Alley Sprouse scored 10 to go with six rebounds as King falls to 0-2 on the season.
Brevard opened up their first game in Boshamer Gymnasium in the 2011-2012 season with a 16-2 run against King, spanning the first 7:40 of the game as Alyssa Cutshaw scored six points in the early going for the Tornados. The lead remained in double-digits after a Micheala Watkins three-pointer put Brevard up 19-6, but King battled back behind the Johnson as she went a perfect 4-for-4 from the three-point line to go on a 19-10 run, cutting the lead down to 29-25 with 2:55 left in the first half.
Another Watkins three-pointer put the lead back to seven, but Brittany Fields answered with a trey and followed it up with a layup to cut the score down to within two at 32-20. A Brendle layup with 1:34 left in the half to provide the Tornados with a cushion as Brevard went into the halftime break with the 34-31 lead.
Out of the break, Kelly Jackson hit a three-pointer at the 19:33 mark to tie the game up for the first time on the evening at 34 apiece as the teams traded points in the opening minutes of the half. With Brevard holding the 37-36 lead at the 18:25 mark, the Tornados went on a 14-4 run, sparked by a Watkins three-pointer and capped by a turnaround jumper by Candice Fritz to go up 51-40 with 14:06 to play.
King continued to battle back, following the Brevard surge with a string of baskets, outscoring the Tornados 13-1 over the next six minutes, forcing four Brevard turnovers along the way before Tia Keitt’s layup at the 8:39 mark gave King their first lead of the contest at 53-52.
Flippo and Keitt traded three-pointers to keep the margin the same, but Brendle gave the lead back to Brevard with a pair of free throws with 7:07 on the clock.
Five King turnovers over the next five minutes led to the Tornados expanding their lead to 67-60 after Flippo’s fourth three-pointer of the game and Brevard built a double-digit lead going into the final minute of the contest after a pair of free throws by both Schlobohm and Brendle as the Tornados closed out the 76-66 victory at home.
Brevard out-rebounded King 44-35 in the game, including pulling down 18 offensive rebounds in the contest in winning the battle of the boards. The Tornados pressure defense forced 24 King turnovers in the contest, while Brevard picked up 12 steals in the game.
Brevard takes a week off before welcoming Tennessee Wesleyan to Boshamer Gymnasium on Saturday, November 26th. Tipoff between the Tornados and the Bulldogs is set for 2 p.m.