Saturday, January 17, 2009


Tornados end four-game homestand with a loss

Brevard, N.C. - Holli Flippo hit her fifth three pointer of the game early in the second half to give the Tornados an 18 point lead, but Brevard was unable to stay in control of the ball game as Wingate rallied back behind Kurie Washington’s 20 second half points to win the Saturday afternoon contest, 94-88.

The Tornados (4-11) fall to 0-6 in the South Atlantic Conference while the Bulldogs (11-5) improve to 2-3 in conference play.

Brevard started the game on a 22-10 run started by an Amber Roberts three-pointer and ended with Amanda Whitaker also hitting a three as the Tornados had five different players connect from behind the arc in the first 9:03 of the game.

Wingate brought the game back within three as Kurie Washington scored eight of the Bulldog’s 14 points during a 14-5 run putting Brevard at 27-24.

Kelly Hudler became the sixth Tornado to connect from behind the arc with 6:35 left in the first half as Brevard went on a 13-6 run capped by Holli Flippo getting fouled as she connected on a three-point attempt and completed the rare four-point play to put the Tornados up 40-30 with 3:53 on the clock.

The lead would stay at 10 as Brevard went into the locker room with a 45-35 lead.

The Tornados hit on 10 of their 15 three point attempts in the first half, led by Holli Flippo (3-4 from behind the arc). Flippo led all scorers with 12 points, while Whitaker had seven points and six rebounds in the first half. Washington and Rosser both led the Bulldogs with eight points apiece at the break.

Brevard’s shooters continued to stay hot in the second half  as the Tornados went on an 18-10 run, taking a 63-45 lead with 15:32 left in the game. Lindsay Brendle, Anna Schlobohm and Flippo combined to connect for four three-pointers as the Tornados built the largest lead of the ball game.

Wingate would respond and keep the game within single digits for the next 11:42 before taking their first lead since 17:12 in the first half as Washington completed a three-point play to give the Bulldogs a 80-79 lead with 3:50 left in the ball game.

Wingate would finish up their 20-2 run with 1:23 left as Anna Atkinson put in a pair of free throws to give the Bulldogs a 90-81 lead.

The Tornados battled to bring the game back as Samantha Winn and Brendle both hit a pair of free throws, but Washington sealed the game from the line as Wingate left Boshamer Gymnasium with the win, 94-88.

All eight Tornados who played in the game hit a three-pointer as the team shot a season-best 56.3 percent (18-32) from behind the arc, led by Flippo who went 6-9 (66.7 percent) including connecting a last-second desperation shot from half court at the end of the game.

Fouls played a key role in the game as the Tornados were whistled 26 times and sent the Bulldogs to the line 36 times where they shot 69.4 percent (25-36) in their second half comeback. The Tornados went to the line 11 times on 13 Bulldog fouls and went 8-11 (72.7 percent).

Flippo led Brevard with a career-high 21 points. Anna Schlobohm added 16 points and nine assists before fouling out and Amanda Whitaker (12 points, 8 rebounds) and Amber Roberts (10 points) each scored double figures for the Tornados. Samantha Winn fell short of scoring more than 20 points in her third straight game, settling for nine points, eight rebounds and six assists.

Washington led Wingate and all scorers with 28 points, going 11-12 from the charity stripe in the second half in leading the Bulldogs comeback. Atkinson (18 points, seven assists, five rebounds) and Stephanie Whitenack (12 points) contributed on the offensive end and were joined by Rosser’s double-double effort with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

The Tornados take to the road as they continue SAC play on Wednesday, January 21, in Jefferson City, Tenn. as they take on Carson-Newman. Tip-off for the game between the Tornados and Eagles is set for 6 p.m. Wingate heads home to host Mars Hill also on Wednesday with game time set for 6 p.m.