The Brevard College women’s basketball team returns home to open a three-game home stand when it steps out of conference to welcome Pfeiffer Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. at Boshamer Gymnasium in Brevard, N.C.
Schedule Notes: The Tornados (1-3, 1-2 SAC) picked up their first win of the season behind a strong defensive effort when they downed Tusculum, 63-55, in a South Atlantic Conference battle Tuesday night in Greeneville, Tenn. BC’s defense suffocated the Pioneers in the first half holding them to a 16.1% from the field and carried a 28-18 lead into the half. TC would rally back to take a nine-point lead at the 5:43 mark of the second half. However, the Tornados would rip off a 21-4 run to end the game thanks to solid defense and eight made free-throws and three three-pointers. It marks the first time that BC defeated Tusculum on the road. After playing five of its first seven on the road, BC returns home for three before heading to Alaska before the Christmas break.
Fountain of Youth: The BC roster consists of 10 underclassmen, including four freshmen. Sophomore Katie Williams (12.8) and freshman Madison Lenox (10.3) pace the squad in points per game while freshman Chelsea Turner (4.7) sits second in rebounds per game.
Thrilling Three’s: Senior Chezney McJunkin (66.7) and junior Taylor Hiatt (58.3) are first and second, respectively, in three-point percentage in the SAC. BC knocked down a season-high eight 3’s in Tuesday’s victory and has hit at least four trey’s in every game this season. Turner paced the squad three three’s at Tusculum.
It’s Not Personal: The Tornados lead the conference by committing only 15.5 fouls per game. BC committed only 12 fouls at Tusculum while the Pioneers accumulated 25. It marks the second consecutive game the Tornados have only committed a dozen fouls.
Turner Thriving: Turner has made the most of her consecutive starts while playing a career-high 37 minutes, 11 points and four assists Tuesday. The Hickory, N.C., native enjoyed a turnover-free game and has only committed one foul all season. She drained a three at the 1:31 mark of the second half after hitting a pair of free-throws during a crucial stretch of the period.
Common Counterparts: Pfeiffer (1-5, 0-0 Conference Carolinas) opened up the season with three games against SAC opponents. The Falcons dropped a pair double digit games at Coker and to Catawba before falling in a double overtime thriller at Mars Hill, 91-85.
Wonderful Williams: The Falcons Carter Williams paces the team in nearly every offensive category. Williams logs 40.2 minutes per game while being the only Falcon to average double figures (16.2). The 5-5 guard leads the teams in assists (19), rebounds per game (7.2), three pointers made (14) and sits tied for second in steals (eight).
2012-13 Recap: Pfeiffer ran away from BC in the only meeting last season by earning an 85-57 victory Nov. 19, 2012. Williams and Hiatt each chipped in six points.
Series History: Pfeiffer has won two-of-three since 2008. BC won a thriller, 71-68, Dec. 19, 2011.