Brevard, N.C. - Lindsay Brendle and Anna Schlobohm each scored 14 points to lead the Tornados on Wednesday evening, but Nisha Long scored eight of her game high 18 points in the second half as Catawba held off a Brevard comeback attempt in recording the 62-54 victory.
Neither team was able to achieve a double-digit lead in the game which went back and forth in the first half, before Catawba (9-4, 4-1 SAC) seized control of the lead on a pair of Maggie Sullivan free throws. A Lacey Singletary layup with 14:47 was the closest Brevard (5-7, 0-5 SAC) was able to come as the Tornados cut the lead down to two, but Catawba put the game late in taking the victory.
Brendle and Schlobohm each had 14 points for the Tornados as Brevard shot 35.4 percent (23-65) from the floor in the contest. Schlobohm added eight rebounds, while Brendle attempted all six free throw attempts Brevard took in the contest, converting four of them in the loss. Asheley Watkins filled the statistics sheet with five points, seven rebounds, five assists and three blocked shots, while Singletary recorded five blocks and seven rebounds for Brevard.
Long led all scorers with 18 points as Catawba shot 36.9 percent (24-65) from the floor in the win. Chloe Bully was 6-for-8 from the floor and 4-for-5 from behind the arc as she scored 16 points, while Dana Hicks had six points and a game high 13 rebounds as Catawba wins their seventh contest on the season.
Schlobohm led off the contest hitting a three-pointer from the left corner on the opening possession as the Tornados took the early lead and added a jumper as Brevard went up 6-2 at the 17:16 mark. After a Brendle layup, Bully drained her first trey of the game from the top of the key to put the game at 8-7 and Sullivan tied the contest up with a free throw at the 13:41 mark.
Sullivan’s second free throw gave the Indians their first lead of the contest as Catawba built a seven point advantage following a three-pointer by Long at the 9:26 mark to go up 21-14. Brevard brought the game back to within one on a Watkins layup with three minutes to go in the half, but the Indians scored six of the last eight points of the half as Long and Jolysa Conner combined for three free throws in the final minute to give the Indians the 35-30 halftime advantage.
The Tornados brought the game back to within two points four times in the second half as Schlobohm scored five points and Micheala Watkins and Singletary added layups, but a layup by Hicks made it a two possession game at 43-39 with 14:28 to play. Catawba went up by as many as nine in the second half, building their largest lead of the contest at 54-45 on a Bully layup at the 7:16 mark.
Brevard made one final comeback attempt, going on a 7-2 run to bring the game back to within four on a layup by Tempestt Mack with 3:48 to play, but Connor ended the Tornados scoring chance with a jumper in the paint and Long closed it out at the free throw line as the Indians held on for the 62-54 victory.
Brevard is back in action tomorrow evening as they welcome Young Harris College for a non-conference game. Tipoff between the Tornados and the Mountain Lions in Boshamer Gymnasium is set for 6 p.m.