GREENEVILLE, Tenn.- Sophomore Katie Williams and freshman Chelsea Turner registered double figures while the Brevard College women's basketball rallied from a nine-point deficit late in the second half to pick up its first win, 63-55, at Tusculum in a South Atlantic Conference bout in Greeneville, Tenn. Tuesday evening.
The Tornados (1-3, 1-2 SAC) defeated Tusculum for the second consecutive time and scored a season-high 63 points to go with a season-best 46 rebounds. The Pioneers (0-4, 0-3 SAC) remain winless despite hitting nine more field goals than BC in the second half (16-7).
"This win is huge for our program by beating Tusculum on the road for the first time, saying this is my sixth year, it's even sweeter," said head coach Shannon Reid. "Our team really came together and everyone in the locker room stepped up. This one is special."
Both teams struggled early in the game while the teams combined for 20 points in the first 10:33.
However, the Tornado offense came to life and ripped off a 13-2 run to take a 23-12 lead. Senior Chezney McJunkin hit a pair of three-pointers while Taylor Hiatt scored three of her nine points during the spurt.
BC would stretch its lead out to as much as 13 in the first half thanks to a pair of free-throws by Williams while the Tornados would take a 10 point lead into the break. It marked the largest lead of the season for the Tornados.
The Tornados held TC to 16.1% from the field and didn't allow it to make a single three-pointer (0-for-8).
The Pioneers charged out of the gate in the second half with suffocating defense and producing a 14-6 run to reclaim the lead, 35-34, at the 12:24 mark.
Williams connected on four free-throws to end the run and to create one of six ties in the second half.
The Pioneers went a 12-2 run to take their largest lead of the night at nine (51-42) while BC turned the ball over three times in the stretch.
BC's Hadara Bannister knocked down a pair of free-throws and would corral a rebound the other end before Williams knocked down a jumper and hit the free-throw to complete the three-point play.
Hiatt struck again with a three-pointer at the 4:19 mark to pull BC within one. Williams followed up with a three of her own before freshman Turner hit a pair from the charity stripe to give BC a four-point lead (55-51).
A Jennifer Martin layup and another three-pointer from Turner put it out of reach in the waning minutes.
"We got some big plays from Chelsea Turner," said Reid. "Also, I can't express how big Jennifer Martin was tonight for us."
Williams led both teams with 16 points, including 8-of-9 from the line, and has produced double figures in consecutive games.
"As many free throws that I've taken in my life, I knew I was going to make them," said Williams. "Coming out of this game, we've realized where our strong points are. I thought our defense really stepped up tonight."
Hiatt led the Tornados with eight rebounds while Turner produced a solid outing with 11 points, seven boards and four assists. Madison Lenox grabbed a crucial rebound in the final minute and had seven points on the evening.
Blakeley Burleson and Nequoiah Anderson paced the Pioneers offensively with 10 points each while Kristen McMillion swiped 13 rebounds.
BC went 8-for-23 from three-point range and held TC to one made three-pointer (1-for-14). The Tornados committed 19 turnovers while forcing 17.
The Tornados will enjoy Thanksgiving before returning to action on Saturday when they host Pfeiffer at 2 p.m. at Boshamer Gymnasium in Brevard, N.C.
Brevard vs Tusculum
11/26/13 6:00 pm at Greeneville, Tenn.
At Greeneville, Tenn.
BREVARD 63, TUSCULUM 55
BREVARD (1-3, 1-2 SAC)
Katie Williams 3-15 8-9 16; Chelsea Turner 3-14 2-2 11; Taylor Hiatt 3-9 2-4
9; Hadara Bannister 2-8 4-9 8; Madison Lenox 2-3 3-4 7; Chezney McJunkin 2-3
0-0 6; Jennifer Martin 2-2 0-0 4; Lynsey Crisp 0-4 2-2 2. Totals 17-58 21-30
TUSCULUM (0-4, 0-3 SAC)
Anderson, Nequoiah 3-13 3-4 10; Burleson, Blakeley 4-13 2-2 10; Whitener,
Shynese 3-9 3-3 9; McMillion, Kristen 4-9 1-1 9; Mitchell, Brianna 3-11 2-2
8; Hairston, Jessica 2-6 0-0 4; Cutshaw, Maelyn 1-6 1-2 3; Coberly, Elise
1-4 0-0 2. Totals 21-71 12-14 55.
Brevard....................... 28 35 - 63
Tusculum...................... 18 37 - 55
3-point goals--Brevard 8-23 (Chelsea Turner 3-12; Katie Williams 2-5;
Chezney McJunkin 2-3; Taylor Hiatt 1-2; Lynsey Crisp 0-1), Tusculum 1-14
(Anderson, Nequoiah 1-4; Burleson, Blakeley 0-2; Whitener, Shynese 0-1;
Mitchell, Brianna 0-1; Hairston, Jessica 0-1; Cutshaw, Maelyn 0-2; Coberly,
Elise 0-3). Fouled out--Brevard-None, Tusculum-Anderson, Nequoiah.
Rebounds--Brevard 46 (Taylor Hiatt 8), Tusculum 50 (McMillion, Kristen 13).
Assists--Brevard 11 (Hadara Bannister 4; Chelsea Turner 4), Tusculum 11
(Whitener, Shynese 4). Total fouls--Brevard 12, Tusculum 25. Technical
fouls--Brevard-None, Tusculum-Whitener, Shynese. A-119