Asheville, N.C. - Anna Schlobohm recorded her second double-double of the season leading five Tornados in double figures, but Kelli Riles led host UNC Asheville with 19 points and 16 rebounds as the Bulldogs held off Brevard on Wednesday evening in Kimmel Arena, 74-62.
The Tornados (5-4) battled back after trailing throughout the majority of the contest, taking the lead for the first time in the contest at 50-47 after a Micheala Watkins’ three-pointer from the top of the key with 9:05 to play, but the Bulldogs (4-7) rallied as Riles recorded 13 of her game high 19 points in the second half as UNC Asheville held on for the victory.
Lacey Singletary led the Tornados with a career high 13 points and added three blocked shots, while Schlobohm recorded her second double-double on the season with 12 points and 10 rebounds to pace the Brevard offense. Lindsay Brendle, Watkins and Taylor Hiatt all scored 10 points for the Tornados as Brevard shot 35.9 percent (23-64) from the floor in the contest.
Riles led four Bulldogs in double figures with 19 points and 16 rebounds, while Leah Wormack and Shonese Jones scored 13 points apiece in the win. Lindsey Thompson added 11 points, going a perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line in the victory.
UNC Asheville got on the board first as Wormack put in the short jumper as the Bulldogs scored eight of the first 10 points in the game, holding the 8-2 advantage at the 16:57 mark. A layup by Schlobohm cut into the lead, but the Bulldogs went on an 8-4 run capped by three-pointers by Jones and Grace Blaylock as Asheville went up 16-6 with 12:56 to play.
Hiatt sparked a Tornado rally with a contested layup, making the following free throw attempt and Schlobohm hit a jumper from the right wing as Brevard battled back into the contest. A Jones three-point attempt was answered by a trey by Asheley Watkins and Brendle followed, getting fouled on a drive and the senior converted the old-fashioned three-point play as Brevard brought the game back to within one possession at 19-17 with 9:08 to play in the first half.
A Jones’ layup ended the Tornados rally and Wormack hit a jumper in the paint to extend the Bulldogs lead to 23-17, but Brevard continued to press as Hiatt and Singletary scored baskets to put the score at 28-23 with 4:39 on the clock. Schlobohm hit a jumper and Singletary drove in for the layup for the Tornados, but UNC Asheville closed out the half with a 10-4 run capped by a three-pointer by Tacey Trammell from the right wing as the teams headed into the break with Asheville holding the 38-27 advantage.
The Bulldogs extended their lead to 14 as Brittany Gwyn hit a three-pointer to open the scoring in the second half, but Brevard brought the game back to within single digits after Brendle scored three points and Singletary went in for the layup to put the score at 41-32 with 17:56 to play. Hiatt followed with a trey from the left wing as Brevard pressed the tempo at the beginning of the second half.
Following a Riles’ free throw which put the Bulldogs up 45-37, the Tornados went on a 13-2 run, tying the game up for the first time on a Brendle free throw at the 9:47 mark, before taking their first lead of the contest on a Micheala Watkins three-pointer from the top of the key at 50-47 with 9:05 on the clock.
The Bulldogs retook the lead after layups by Thompson and Riles, going up 54-50 after a three-point play by Wormack at the 7:25 mark, but Brevard settled back into the game as the teams tied the game up three times and traded the lead twice over the next four minutes.
Asheville broke a 60-60 deadlock on a Jones free throw attempt and Riles scored six straight points as the Bulldogs went on an 11-0 run to go up 69-60 with 56 seconds to play. The Tornados continued to battle back, but the Bulldogs were able to put the game away from the free throw line as Asheville went 9-for-10 from the charity stripe over the last 1:28 as the Tornados fell 74-62
Brevard is back in action in the new year as they return to South Atlantic Conference play when they make the trip to Jefferson City, Tenn. on Wednesday, January 4th to take on Carson-Newman College. Tipoff between the Tornados and the Eagles in Holt Fieldhouse is set for 4 p.m.