Salisbury, N.C. - Lindsay Brendle nearly finished with a double-double to pace the Tornados offensive efforts on Wednesday evening in Goodman Gymnasium, but behind Dana Hicks’ 16 rebounds, the Catawba Indians held an overwhelming advantage on the boards as Catawba held off Brevard in South Atlantic Conference action, 62-42.
Catawba (15-6, 10-3 SAC) used a 10-2 run to open the second half in pulling away from Brevard (5-16, 0-13 SAC) early, as Hicks led the Indians to a 64-33 rebounding advantage, pulling down 27 offensive rebounds in completing the season sweep over the Tornados.
Brendle led Brevard off the bench on Wednesday evening, scoring 14 points and pulling down nine rebounds as the Tornados struggled to connect from the floor, shooting 25.5 percent (14-55) against the Indians. Anna Schlobohm added seven points and three assists, while Lacey Singletary and Holli Flippo had four rebounds apiece in the loss.
Chloe Bully and Nisha Long scored 15 points apiece to pace the Indians efforts as Catawba shot 34.3 percent (23-67) from the floor in the victory. Hicks finished with the double-double, scoring 13 points and pulled down 16 rebounds, while Elizabeth Merritt added eight rebounds as the Indians took over sole control of first in the South Atlantic Conference standings.
The Indians opened up scoring their first three baskets in the paint as Bully connected twice and Hicks added a layup as Catawba opened up with an 8-2 lead following a Bully layup at the 14:33 mark. Micheala Watkins cut into the lead with a jumper and Brendle connected on a three-pointer to cut the lead back to one, before a jumper by Schlobohm at the 9:56 mark gave the Tornados their first lead of the contest.
Hicks put the Indians back in the lead from the free throw line on Catawba’s next trip down the court and the Indians went up 14-9 on a Long jumper with 7:58 on the clock. Singletary and Brendle answered with baskets of their own to bring the game back to within one, but Lauren Lewis ended the BC challenge with a three-pointer as the Indians closed out the half on an 11-3 run as Catawba took the 25-16 lead into the halftime break.
The early 10-2 run in the second half put the lead at 17 as the Indians went up 35-18 following a pair of free throws by Hicks with 15:09 to play in the contest. Catawba went up by as many as 25 in the contest, holding their largest lead of the game at 58-33 with 3:16 remaining in the game.
Brevard made one final run in the final three minutes, sparked by a three-pointer by Chezney McJunkin with 2:58 remaining on the clock as the Tornados went on a 9-2 run capped by a three-pointer by Holli Flippo, but time ran out before Brevard could get back into the game as the Tornados fell on the road, 62-42.
Brevard returns home to Brevard, N.C. on Saturday, February 11th as the Tornados welcome Mars Hill College for a South Atlantic Conference game. Tipoff between the Tornados and the Lions in Boshamer Gymnasium is set for 2 p.m.