Brevard, N.C. - Millie Wharton opened up the game with a 9-2 run by herself against the visiting Lincoln Memorial Lady Railsplitters, but the Brevard College women’s basketball team was unable to keep up the pace as they fell at home on Saturday afternoon, 75-64.
The Tornados (4-8, 0-4 SAC) drop only their second game at Boshamer Gymnasium this season, while the Lady Railsplitters (6-8, 1-3 SAC) win their first South Atlantic Conference matchup of the season.
Wharton opened the game up with a layup off in the game’s first possession, then the Tornados half-court defense got on the Lady Railsplitters early, forcing six turnovers in the game’s first four minutes. Meanwhile, Wharton continued to have the hot hand, scoring on a variety of layups, jumpers and foul shots to put the Tornados up 9-2 before Anna Schlobohm finally joined the Tornados’ scoring ranks with a layup at the 16:19 mark.
Whitney Vannoy calmed down Lincoln Memorial with two three-pointers to bring the game back to 13:10 less than two minutes later.
Amanda Whitaker would go 4-4 from the free throw line and Wharton would drive in for another layup and put in the resulting free throw to give the Tornados a 25-14 lead with 7:26 left in the first half.
From there, Lincoln Memorial went 15-2 run spanning the next 5:28 as Timethia Bennett converted four free throw attempts, Dayshalee Salaman added five points and Amberly O’Dell hit back-to-back three’s, before a pair of free throws by Brevard’s Whitaker ended the run with 1:28 left in the first half with score at 29-29.
Holli Flippo and Schlobohm both connected from behind the arc in the remaining time as Brevard went into the locker room with a 35-33 lead.
Wharton eclipsed her season-high of 11 points, ending the first half with a game-high 12 points on 5-7 (71.4 percent) shooting from the field. Whitaker added eight points and four rebounds in the half.
O’Dell led the Lady Railsplitters with eight points, while Salaman and Vannoy had seven apiece.
Wharton and Whitaker started off the second half connecting again as Wharton drove in for two more layups and Whitaker added another pair of free throws as the Tornados took a 41-35 lead two minutes into the second half.
The turning point of the back-and-forth game came at the 15:49 mark in the second half as LMU’s Brittany Craney drove in for a layup and was fouled by BC’s Schlobohm. Craney made the layup and the resulting free throw, putting the Lady Railsplitters up by one, 42-41.
Lincoln Memorial would go on an 18-4 run as a variety of players scored before a jumper in the left corner by Flippo ended the run with 8:47 to play and the Lady Railsplitters up 60-47.
Brevard continued to battle back, keeping the game close, but Lincoln Memorial rode their lead out, taking the victory, 75-64.
Brevard, after shooting 12-27 (44.4 percent) from the field in the first half, managed to connect on only 8-27 (29.6 percent) in the second half as they dropped only their second game at home for the season. Lincoln Memorial shot a scorching 15-26 (57.7 percent) in the second half to shoot 54.3 percent (25-46) from the field for the game.
Wharton led all scorers with a season-high 17 points. Three other Tornados joined her in double figures, including Schlobohm (15), Whitaker (14) and Samantha Winn (10). Whitaker did most of her damage from the charity stripe, going 10-11 (90.9 percent), as well as pulling down eight rebounds for Brevard.
Lincoln Memorial was led by Salaman with 16 points, while O’Dell (14), Vannoy (11) and Andi Winney (10) joined her in double figures. Cena Nasiloski led the Lady Railsplitters with a game-high nine rebounds.
The Tornados continue a long home stand as they host Erskine College on Monday, January 12th, in Boshamer Gymnasium. Brevard dropped their first contest against the Flying Fleet in Due West S.C., 80-71, on November 22nd. Tip-off for the Brevard-Erskine game is slated for 6 p.m. Lincoln Memorial continues on the road as they head to Newberry, S.C. to take on SAC opponent Newberry College on Wednesday, January 14th, with a start time at 6 p.m.