Brevard, N.C. - Micheala Watkins sparked a Tornado comeback in the second half, scoring 14 of her game high 19 points in the final 20 minutes of the contest to help Brevard back to within three points, but Lenoir-Rhyne was able to hang on to complete the season sweep behind a 14 point performance by Cameron Sealey in the 66-59 Bears victory in Boshamer Gymnasium on Saturday afternoon.
Brevard (6-18, 1-15 SAC) cut the lead back to within three points at 60-57 with 1:47 left to play as Anna Schlobohm hit a short jumper in the paint off a Watkins steal, but Krystal Patton answered on the other end for Lenoir-Rhyne (19-6, 11-5 SAC) and Sealey and Alexis Katt put the game away from the free throw line as the Tornados fell to the Bears for the second time in the 2012 season.
Watkins finished the contest with 19 points and filled the stat sheet adding six assists and five steals as Brevard shot 37.7 percent (23-61) from the floor in the contest. Schlobohm added 10 points and eight rebounds to finish in double-digits, while Holli Flippo led a Brevard three-point attack, connecting three times from behind the arc as Brevard was 10-for-24 (41.7percent) from the three-point line in the contest.
Sealey led three Bears in double-digits with 14 points and added six rebounds to lead Lenoir-Rhyne past Brevard. Jazmine Charles added 12 points and three assists off the bench, while Krystal Patton was 4-for-5 from the floor in scoring 10 points as the Bears shot 44.6 percent (25-56) from the floor as a team in the contest.
For the second consecutive game the Tornados came out of the gates hot from behind the arc as Schlobohm connected for a three-pointer on Brevard’s first possession of the game and Watkins and Flippo both hit from behind the arc to give Brevard a 9-7 lead at the 13:42 mark. Charles connected on a three-pointer to put L-R up 10-9 before Lindsay Brendle scored the first BC basket inside the arc, driving in for the layup with 13:22 left in the first half.
The Tornados built a four point lead, going up 20-16 on a Schlobohm jumper, but Whitney Brinkley and Sealey answered with back-to-back baskets to tie the game up. Lenoir-Rhyne took the lead for good in the first half as Danielle Bongiorno hit a free throw and Charles connected on another three-pointer as the Bears held off three-pointers by Schlobohm and Asheley Watkins to take an eight points lead into the half as Sealey hit a three-pointer with four ticks left on the clock to give the Bears the 36-28 halftime advantage.
Lenoir-Rhyne built a double-digit lead early in the second half as Sealey drove in for a layup to put the Bears up 42-30 with 16:40 on the clock, and the Bears again went up by 12 on a Culler jumper in the paint with 14:59 left in the contest. Brevard continued to fight back in the game as Katelynne Poole hit a pair of three-pointers to bring the game back to within 48-43 at the 13:09 mark.
Micheala Watkins went in for the layup on the next BC possession to cut the lead back to within three and Schlobohm also brought Brevard back to within on possession with a jumper with 1:47 left on the clock, but the Tornados were not able to complete the comeback in falling to the Bears.
Brevard remains at home on Wednesday, February 22nd, as the Tornados welcome SAC opponent Newberry College for Senior Night as Brevard honors seniors Holli Flippo, Anna Schlobohm and Lindsay Brendle. Tipoff between the Tornados and the Wolves is set for 6 p.m.