Jefferson City, Tenn. - Taylor Hiatt nearly missed her first collegiate double-double and Holli Flippo hit three three-pointers as the Tornados took on the host Carson-Newman Eagles on Wednesday evening at the Holt Fieldhouse, but Zoriah Williams and Whitney Moody combined for 33 points as Brevard fell in SAC action, 79-52.
Brevard (5-5, 0-3 SAC) battled with the Eagles, going back and forth over the first 12 minutes of the game, but Carson-Newman (8-3, 2-1 SAC) went on a 17-6 run to close out the first half, backed by nine first half points by Rechelle Dye, and the Eagles stopped a Brevard comeback short in the victory.
Hiatt scored a career high 13 points and pulled down nine rebounds in the second half, another career high in the loss to the Eagles. Flippo added 11 points, hitting three of the seven treys the Tornados converted in the game, while Lacey Snigletary added six points and a blocked shot in the game.
Williams led all scorers with 17 points and added seven rebounds for the host Eagles in the win. Moody added 16 points and Dye went 6-for-7 from the free throw line on her way to a 12 point performance as the Eagles defeated the Tornados in Holt Fieldhouse for the fourth time in as many seasons.
Dye opened the scoring with a layup on the opening possession, but Micheala Watkins answered with a jumper in the lane as the teams traded baskets in the opening minutes. A layup by Williams at the 16:48 mark put the score at 10-4, but Brevard answered with a Lindsay Brendle layup and a Flippo three-pointer to cut the lead down to one.
Three-pointers by Hiatt and Flippo kept the game within one possession at 17-15 with 11:38 to play in the opening half, but a 15-6 Eagles run capped by a three-pointer by Moody gave Carson-Newman their first double-digit lead of the game at 32-21 with 5:00 on the clock. A layup by Singletary brought the game back to within nine, but the Eagles closed out the half on back-to-back Lundyn Howard baskets as the Tornados went into the halftime break down 40-25.
A layup by Williams opened the scoring in the second half with a driving left-handed layup, but Hiatt answered with a free throw and Flippo drilled her third three-pointer at the 16:38 mark to bring the game to 42-29.
Carson-Newman steadily improved their lead, breaking the 20-point mark on a pair of Williams free throws at the 7:16 mark to go up 59-39 as the Eagles held a 27 point lead late in the game, but the Tornados battled back with three-pointers by Anna Schlobohm and Tempestt Mack. However, the rally fell short as the Eagles closed out the game with the 79-52 victory.
Brevard remains on the road in South Atlantic Conference competition as they travel to Mars Hill, N.C. to take on the rival Mars Hill College Lions on Saturday, January 7th. Tipoff between the Tornados and the Lions in Stanford Arena is set for 2 p.m.