Harrogate, Tenn. - Lindsay Brendle led the Tornados with 18 points as Brevard jumped out to an early lead on the road against host Lincoln Memorial, but behind 22 points by the SAC’s leading scorer Dayshalee Salaman the Railsplitters battled back as they completed the season sweep against Brevard, 64-51.
Four different Brevard (6-17, 1-14 SAC) players hit three-pointers to lead off the game as the Tornados jumped ahead to the early lead, but the Railsplitters (12-11, 7-8 SAC) battled back, going ahead midway through the first half on a Salaman layup and LMU went up by as many as 16 as Brevard fell on the road in South Atlantic Conference play on Wednesday evening.
Brendle led Brevard with 18 points, going 5-for-17 from the floor as the Tornados shot 24.6 percent (17-69). Holli Flippo recorded her first double-double on the season with 10 points and 11 rebounds, while Micheala Watkins had nine points and two steals in the loss.
Salaman led all players with 22 points and completed the double-double with 11 rebounds, going a perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line as the Railsplitters shot 32.8 percent (21-64) from the field. Lauren Cochran added 17 points and five blocked shot, while Edina Musa scored 11 points off the bench for LMU. MaRanda Boddie helped Lincoln Memorial to the 59-40 rebounding advantage with 10 rebounds in the win.
Salaman opened the game with a layup on the opening possession, but Brevard scored 12 of the next 14 points as Watkins, Flippo, Brendle and Anna Schlobohm connected on three-pointers to give the Tornados the 12-4 lead at the 15:39 mark. Seguoya Aldridge and Salaman cut into the lead hitting four consecutive free throws as the Railsplitters brought the game back to within one possession at 13-12 on a pair of Cochran free throws.
Lincoln Memorial retook the lead with 10:16 left in the first half as Salaman drove in for the layup and Musa connected on a three-pointer on the next LMU trip down the court as the Railsplitters went up 17-13 on their way to building a 26-17 lead with 3:03 left in the first half. Brendle hit a jumper in the paint, but Musa answered with a layup, before the defenses took over for the final two minutes of the half as the teams went into the locker room with LMU up 28-19.
Brevard jumped out scoring the first five points of the second half cutting the lead down to four as Flippo drained a three-pointer and Watkins drove in for the layup, but the Railsplitters went back up by double-digits, going up by 14 as Salaman hit a pair of free throws with 14:02 on the clock.
The Tornados made one final run sparked by a Flippo three-pointer to cut the lead back to 45-38 with 11:59 remaining in the game, but Ralissa Nelson ended the run with a three-pointer as the Railsplitters closed out the contest with the 64-51 victory.
Brevard returns home on Saturday, February 18th, as they welcome Lenoir-Rhyne University to Brevard, N.C. for their annual Play 4Kay game. Tipoff between the Tornados and the Bears in Boshamer Gymnasium is set for 2 p.m.