Brevard, N.C. - Anna Schlobohm reached 1,000 career points early in the first half and Lacey Singletary set a Brevard single game record with nine blocked shots on Saturday afternoon, but Wingate battled back behind Nikki Burton and Simone Rutledge as the Tornados fell to the Bulldogs in Boshamer Gymnasium, 65-61.
Schlobohm hit her first three shots of the game to reach 1,000 career points, becoming only the fifth Tornados women’s basketball player in modern program history to achieve this mark, draining a jump shot from the top of the key at the 9:57 mark in the first half to join Samantha Winn, Holly Krogman, Kris May-Richardson and Ayana McWilliams in the BC 1,000 point club. Singletary recorded six blocked shots in the second half to go with three redirections in the first half to break Amanda Whitaker’s single game record of seven, set back on January 9, 2010, against Mars Hill.
Schlobohm led all scorers with 23 points, going 8-for-15 from the floor as the Tornados (5-11, 0-8 SAC) shot 36.1 percent from the floor in the contest. Micheala Watkins added 12 points and five assists, while Lindsay Brendle had 11 points and eight rebounds in the loss.
Burton paced the Bulldogs (11-5, 5-3 SAC) with 21 points off the bench as Wingate outscored Brevard 43-25 between the reserves. Rutledge added 10 points and 12 rebounds, while Tish Logan added nine boards as the Bulldogs held the 52-35 rebounding edge in the contest.
Wingate opened the contest scoring the first six points on three layups before a Brendle lay-in put Brevard on the scoreboard at the 16:32 mark. The Bulldogs continued to press their advantage early, going up by double-digits with 11:34 remaining in the half on a pair of Sarah Wollett free throws, but Brevard battled back, cutting the lead to three points on a Singletary jumper in the paint to put the score at 18-15.
The Bulldogs carried the lead into the halftime break, going up by as many as 15 points on a Burton layup at the 1:20 mark, putting the score at 38-23, but Schlobohm scored the final four points of the half on a jumper and a pair of free throws as Wingate held the 38-27 halftime lead.
Wingate continued to hold the lead throughout the second half, remaining up by 10 points at 60-50 with 1:43 remaining in the game on a jumper in the paint by Janitsha Williams, but Brevard responded with one final run in the game.
A three-point play by Watkins sparked an 11-3 run as the Tornados cut the score down to two at 63-61 following an Asheley Watkins three-pointer from the top of the key with nine seconds remaining. However, the Bulldogs closed the game from the free throw line as Burton drained a pair with five ticks on the clock and Micheala Watkins’ three-pointer bounced out as the Bulldogs held on for the 65-61 victory.
Brevard returns to the road as they close out their first go-round in the South Atlantic Conference as they travel to Newberry, S.C. to take on Newberry College on Wednesday, January 25th. Tipoff between the Tornados and the Wolves in Eleazer Arena is set for 6 p.m.