The Brevard College women’s basketball team plays in the friendly confines of Boshamer Gymnasium for the first time in 12 days when it welcomes Newberry for a South Atlantic Conference battle Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. in Brevard, N.C.
Schedule Notes: BC (0-2) seeks its first win of the season and hopes to avoid consecutive seasons with a 0-3 start. The Tornados jumped out to an early 16-9 against Anderson Wednesday evening thanks to a pair of Taylor Hiatt 3-pointers, but due to foul trouble the Trojans responded with a 33-11 run to end the half. Hiatt paced the Tornados with 14 points while freshman Chelsea Turner led the team with five rebounds. The Tornados have been battletested in the early stages of the 2013-14 campaign while playing three Division I schools in exhibition games. BC traveled to Western Carolina Nov. 2 before playing consecutive games at Furman and Coastal Carolina, respectively. The Tornados begin the season with five of their first seven games on the road.
Tornado Youngins’: The BC roster consists of 10 underclassmen, including four freshmen. Chezney McJunkin is the lone senior on the squad while Hiatt and Jennifer Martin are juniors.
More 3’s Please!: Hiatt and McJunkin are first and third in the SAC in three-point percentage, 80 and 66.7, respectively, while the squad is shooting 23.7% from long distance on the young season. McJunkin drained a triple at the buzzer at Anderson while Hiatt has hit a pair in each game this season.
Keepin’ It Clean: The Tornados are fourth in the conference committing only 19 fouls a game, while opponents get the whistle 23.5 times per game. BC has visited the charity stripe 55 times in two games, while five Tornados have hit at least four free-throws this season.
Constant Contributors: Seven Tornados are averaging at least 23 minutes of action while Hiatt paces the team with 30.5 per game. Freshman Turner and Lynsey Crisp have acclimated quickly to the collegiate level with 27 and 26.5 minutes, respectively.
Aussie Awareness: Four of Newberry’s probable starters reign from Australia including the junior duo of Haylee Lepaio (18.3) and Samantha Creed (17.0) are fourth and fifth in the conference in scoring. Lepaio was tabbed SAC Women’s Basketball Player of the Week Nov. 19 while she sits third in the conference in field goal percentage (56.8).
Preseason No. 1: The Wolves were tabbed No. 1 in the SAC Preseason Coaches’ Poll, besting Lenoir-Rhyne by two points (114-112). Newberry was one of two SAC teams to claim at least 20 victories during the 2012-13 campaign (Anderson, 23). Lepaio and Creed were selected to the All-SAC Preseason First Team while the Wolves return 10 letterwinners from last season.
2012-13 Recap: The Wolves swept BC. The Tornados dropped a hard fought battle, 65-55, Jan. 23 before Newberry shot its way to a 72-44 victory Feb. 20. Shelby Wolfe and Hiatt chipped in with seven points apiece in the January game.
Series History: The Wolves are a perfect 12-0 in the all-time series.