Rock Hill, S.C. - Micheala Watkins and Asheley Watkins both earned statistical champion titles on Thursday afternoon, as announced by the South Atlantic Conference as the duo combined to win both the individual steals and the individual assist-to-turnover radio categories for the 2011-2012 regular season.
Their efforts also helped Brevard take its first team statistical category, as Brevard finished the season leading the conference in assist-to-turnover ratio.
Micheala Watkins led the SAC in steals for the second consecutive season as the junior guard from Forest City, N.C. recorded multiple thefts in 24 of the Tornados 26 games on the season, recording five or more steals in a game on eight different occasions, including one three game stretch where she recorded a combined 18 steals against Young Harris, Lenoir-Rhyne and Lincoln Memorial. Watkins had two games with at least seven steals and led the SAC with 95 steals on the season, averaging 3.65 takeaways per game. Her final average was sixth among all women’s basketball players at NCAA Division II institutions this season, and puts her third all-time among BC women’s basketball players with 169 career steals.
Asheley Watkins held off challengers from Newberry and Lincoln Memorial, as well as teammate Micheala Watkins in earning her first career statistical category title with Brevard, as the junior guard from Bostic, N.C. led the SAC with a 1.69 assist-to-turnover ratio in earning the regular season championship. Asheley finished with 81 assists on the season against 48 turnovers, finishing the season among the top guards in the conference and the NCAA as the 1.69 ratio was good enough to finish 38th overall among all players in the NCAA Division II. She had 12 games with at least four assists on the season, including two games with at least six helpers, while recording one or fewer turnovers in 14 contests, including a stretch of six games in which she turned the ball over only four times. Asheley finishes the season with 172 career assists, sitting in the top five in the BC record book in assists.
The Brevard College basketball team also set a milestone, recording their first team statistical championship in the SAC this season as the Tornados led the conference with a 0.80 team assist-to-turnover ratio. Paced by the play of Micheala and Asheley, the Tornados held off Lincoln Memorial by a narrow margin in earning the title. In a season which saw the Tornados set a new school record for least turnovers in a game with four against Tennessee Wesleyan on November 26th, Brevard recorded 12 or fewer turnovers on eight different occasions, while recording 10 or more assists in 17 different games on the year for their first statistical championship under Coach Shannon Reid. The Tornados placed in the top 100 in assist-to-turnover ration in the NCAA Division II standings, while their play on both sides of the ball helped Brevard to a 13th place standing in turnover margin as the Tornados averaged 6.0 more takeaways than turnovers on the year.
The Tornados finished their fourth season as members of the NCAA Division II and the South Atlantic Conference at the conclusion of the 2011-2012 regular season.