Brevard, N.C. - Dayshalee Salaman led a Lincoln Memorial second half comeback as the Railsplitters overcame a 21 point performance by Lindsay Brendle as the Tornados fell at home in Boshamer Gymnasium on Wednesday evening, 76-68.
Brevard (5-10, 0-7 SAC) led by as many as 17 in the first half on Anna Schlobohm’s jumper with 10:19 to go, but Salaman scored 18 second half points in leading the Lincoln Memorial (9-6, 4-3 SAC) comeback as the Railsplitters took the lead with 6:56 to play on Ralissa Nelson’s jump shot and held on for the win.
Brendle recorded her third 20 point effort in a row, scoring 21 to pace the Brevard offense as the Tornados shot 36.1 percent (26-72) from the floor in the game. Holli Flippo connected on five three-pointers to add 18 points and pulled down six rebounds, while Micheala Watkins and Anna Schlobohm had nine points apiece in the loss. Watkins also led the Brevard defensive effort with seven steals as the Tornados forced 25 Lincoln Memorial turnovers in the loss.
Salaman led all scorers with 27 points, going 12-for-15 from the free throw line, as Lincoln Memorial shot 52.0 percent (26-50) form the floor in the game. MaRanda Boddie added a double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds, while Lauren Cochran scored 11 points in the victory.
Brevard scored six of the first eight points and 17 of the first 23 as Brevard built a double-digit lead at 17-6 with 15:44 to play in the first half on Flippo’s first three-pointer of the game. Cochran and Salaman answered with back-to-back baskets to cut the lead back to single digits, but another Flippo three-pointer extended the lead to 20-10.
The Tornados built their largest lead of the game, going up 32-15 on a Schlobohm jump shot from the left short corner with 10:19 to play in the half. Lincoln Memorial answered with a 13-2 run capped by a Salaman layup to cut the game back to within two possessions at 34-28 with 4:46 on the clock.
Brevard went on one final run in the half, going up 15 at 45-30 after a Watkins steal and layup, but the Railsplitters closed out the half on a 5-0 run to send the teams into the break with Brevard holding the 45-35 lead.
Lincoln Memorial continued to cut into the lead throughout the second half before Salaman went on an 8-0 run to bring the game back to within one at 54-53 with 11:38 to play in the contest. A Schlobohm jump shot extended the lead to three, but free throws by Kelsey Bradford and Mariah Richardson led to a Nelson jump shot as the Railsplitters took their first lead of the game at 57-56 at the 6:56 mark.
Nelson extended the lead to six on a three-pointer from the left wing at 62-56 at the 4:47 mark, but Flippo answered with a three-pointer and a pair of free throws to cut the lead back to within one with 3:23 left in the contest.
Brevard kept the game within one possession as Watkins hit a pair of free throws and went in for the layup to put the score at 69-68 with 54 ticks on the clock, but Lincoln Memorial went 7-for-8 from the free throw line in the final minutes and three Brevard three-point attempts fell short as the Tornados fell at home to the Railsplitters, 76-68.
Brevard remains at home on Saturday, January 21st, as they host Wingate University. Tipoff between the Tornados and the Bulldogs in Boshamer Gymnasium is set for 2 p.m.