Brevard, N.C. - Lindsay Brendle and Micheala Watkins each scored 17 points, leading four Tornados in double figures as Brevard connected on 12 three-pointers in the contest in beating the visiting Tennessee Wesleyan Bulldogs on Saturday evening in Boshamer Gymnasium, 85-65.
Taylor Hiatt added a career high 10 points, including two three-pointers as Brevard (4-0) hit eight treys over a span of 17 possessions in the second half, including five in a row by three different BC players as the Tornados pulled away in the second half, going up by as many as 24 points before recording the victory over the Bulldogs (4-4).
Anna Schlobohm was also in double-digits with 14 points as Brevard continues their winning streak to open the 2011-2012 season. Micheala Watkins added six rebounds and four assists, while Alyssa Cutshaw had eight points and seven rebounds as Brevard shot 41.4 percent (29-70) from the floor in the contest, 12-for-23 from behind the arc in the victory.
Leah Frazier led Tennessee Wesleyan with 13 points, while Jaryn Davis and Christine Lumbasio were in double figures off the bench for the Bulldogs with 12 and 11 respectively as TWC shot 54.0 percent (27-50) from the floor in the contest. Candace Cain added eight points, six assists and six rebounds for the Bulldogs who fell for just the fourth time this season.
Rochelle Davidson’s layup opened the game, but the Tornados answered with an 8-0 run over the first three minutes of the contest as Watkins hit a three-pointer and Brendle went in for a pair of layups to build the early lead. The Tornados lead surged to nine twice in the first half, but the Bulldogs fought back, bringing the game back to within two at 27-25 at the 4:38 mark as Lumbasio hit a jumper in the paint to narrow the BC lead.
A layup by Hiatt extended the BC lead to four and after Lumbasio hit another short jump shot in the paint, Brevard went on a 12-0 run sparked by a Brendle layup and capped by a pair of three’s by Schlobohm and Watkins to go up 43-28 with 2:12 left in the first half. Davis answered with a three-pointer in the closing seconds to cut the lead back to 12 as the teams went into the break with Brevard holding the 43-31 advantage.
Cody Houck scored the first basket out of the half, going in for the layup off the fast break to put the score at 43-33, and the lead remained at 10 at the 16:39 mark after another Houck layup at 49-39.
The Tornados began their largest run of the second half at the 15:48 mark as Watkins went in for a pair of layups and Schlobohm hit a three-pointer go up 56-39 with 14:50 to play. Over the next several possessions, Hiatt and Cutshaw each hit two three-pointers, Asheley Watkins connected on a trey and Katelynne Poole and Chezney McJunkin also hit from deep at Brevard built their largest lead of the game at 76-52 with 8:28 to play.
Tennessee Wesleyan continued to battle back in the game as Michelle Davis score six consecutive points for the Bulldogs and Lumbasio hit a pair of free throws, but Frazier’s three-pointer was answered by Poole as the Tornados closed out the contest at home, 85-65.
The Tornados defense forced 20 turnovers in the contest, led by Brendle’s three steals and set a program record for least amount of turnovers, only giving the ball up four times in the contest. Brevard also won the battle of the boards, 36-35 and had 14 rebounds on the offensive glass.
Brevard remains at home in Boshamer Gymnasium as they host Mount Olive College on Monday, November 28th. Tipoff between the Tornados and the Trojans is set for 6 p.m.