Greeneville, Tenn. - A last-second shot attempt by BC’s Taylor Hiatt rimmed out as time expired Saturday afternoon in Pioneer Arena, allowing Tusculum to escape with a 61-60 victory .
The Brevard College women’s basketball team had nearly erased a seven-point deficit in the final 1:36 after Shelby Wolfe’s baseline jumper brought the Tornados to within a point with 18 seconds left.
The Tornados scored eight of the game's final 10 points and had a chance to pick up their first-ever win against the Pioneers in 11 meetings.
Tuccoa Brackett poured in a game-high 20 points for the Tornados, while Michaela Watkins had 18 points, five rebounds and five assists. Wolfe added 11 points and six boards.
Tusculum led 50-35 with 8:45 left, but the Tornados went on a 12-1 run to pull within 51-47 on a layup by Watkins with 4:34 to go. A TC basket with 3:04 remaining put the Pioneers up by seven, but three-pointers by Watkins and Brackett brought the Tornados within 59-55 with 1:16 to go.
Watkins came up with a steal and was fouled on a breakaway layup with 46.3 seconds to go, and finished the three-point play to cut the Tusculum lead to 59-58. Tusculum responded with a bucket with 27.1 seconds remaining to take a 61-58 lead before the Wolfe jumpshot.
The Pioneers used a 16-0 run that turned a 22-20 deficit into a 36-22 lead in the first half, eventually taking a 36-24 lead at halftime. Brackett led all scorers with 12 points in the first half.
The Pioneers built their lead to 15 three times in the second half before Brevard mounted its late comeback attempt.
The Tornados return home to take on the Catawba College Indians Wednesday night in Boshamer Gymnasium. The Indians took the first match-up 64-46 in Goodman Gymn on January 9th.