Due West, S.C. - The Brevard College women’s basketball team fought hard on the road on Saturday afternoon, but ultimately fell to Erskine College, 80-71.
For the season, Brevard falls to 0-3 while Erskine improves to 1-0.
The Tornados had trouble controlling the ball in the first couple minutes of the game, falling behind 9-2 due to the full-court man-to-man pressure employed by the Flying Fleet. A layup by Amanda Whitaker finally stopped the Erskine run, but a three-pointer by the Flying Fleet’s Audrey Timmerman and layup by Neci Allen forced a Brevard timeout with the score in Erskine’s favor, 14-4. Erskine built a 25-8 lead behind the shooting of Timmerman and Lauren Brendle and the defensive play of Porsha Morgan.
Brevard started to connect halfway through the first half as Amber Roberts hit a three and Whitaker converted a layup to cut the lead by half at 25-13, forcing an Erskine timeout. Out of the timeout, Brevard continued their run as a short jumper by Lindsay Brendle, another Whitaker layup, and an offensive rebound and layup by Paige Bridgers got the Tornados back within six. Erskine built up a small lead again due to free throws, before an offense rebound and layup by Samantha Winn at the end of the first half cut the lead to 12, at 37-25.
Brevard shot 34% in the first half compared to Erskine’s 35%, but turnovers proved to be the Tornados downfall as they coughed the ball up 16 times in the first 20 minutes to the Flying Fleet’s nine. Brevard was led offensively by Winn with eight points and five rebounds. Erskine’s Allen led all scorers at the half in recording a double-double with a game-high 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Timmerman came out on fire in the second half, hitting four three-pointers in the first six minutes to help the Flying Fleet build a 53-37 lead, before a short jumper in the corner by Samantha Winn could end her run. The Tornados brought the game back within single digits as Holli Flippo hit a pair of free throws to put the game at 55-46. However, another Timmerman three and a pair of Lauren Brendle free throws put Erskine back up by 12 with eight minutes remaining. Brevard would bring the game back within single digits with a minute left in the half due to Kelly Hudler’s steal and layup, but a layup by Erskine’s Elizabeth Tatum would seal the game as Erskine closed out the victory 80-71.
For the game, the Tornados were led by Winn with 16 points and nine boards. Whitaker and Hudler were both in double figures as well with 15 and 13 respectively. Erskine was led by Audrey Timmerman with 29 points due to her strong second half. Allen joined her in double figures with 15 points and a game-high 12 rebounds.
The Tornados head home to the friendly confines of Boshamer Gymnasium as they take on Virginia Intermont College on Tuesday, November 25, with a tip-off time of 6 p.m. Erskine is also on the road on the 25th as they take on Pfeiffer University with a start time of 5:30 p.m.