Jefferson City, Tenn. - The Brevard College women’s basketball team came into tonight’s game hoping the third time was the charm as they looked for their first win in Holt Fieldhouse in the 2008-2009 season. Five Tornados scored double figures, led by Samantha Winn with a game high 16 points, but Brevard committed 17 turnovers in the second half in falling to the Eagles, 99-77.
Brevard (4-12) falls to 0-7 for the season in the South Atlantic Conference while the Eagles improve to 14-3 overall, 5-1 in conference play.
The Tornados came out running with the Eagles, continually breaking the full-court pressure employed by Carson-Newman as Samantha Winn recorded eight of the Tornados first 15 points on a variety of layups and short jumpers in the lane.
Carson-Newman had the lead by the media timeout though, as Tyrika McDaniel was fouled by Anna Schlobohm after hitting a layup to put the Eagles up 16-15 with 9:51 left in the first half.
The Eagles would come out of the media break with a 9-2 run as their defensive pressure started to wear on the Tornados offense, however, Schlobohm hit a jumper from the elbow and Amanda Whitaker put in a pair of free throws to bring the game back to 25-21 with 5:59 left in the first period.
A trio of Ashley Tipton jumpers surrounded a three from the left corner by Holli Flippo as the Eagles extended their lead to nine with 4:26 left before the halftime break.
The lead would extend to 12 at the halftime break as Ashley Kyle hit a jumper just inside the three-point line with two seconds left in the half to put the game at 42-30.
Brevard came out hitting 46.2 percent (12-26) from the field in the first half, led by Winn with 12 points and three rebounds on 6 of 10 shooting. Ashley Tipton led the Eagles with 12 points, while Ashley Kyle and Shari Buford contributed with nine points as the Eagles connected on 53.1 percent (17-32) of their shots.
The lead would extend to 20 as Carson-Newman came out of the break with a 10-4 run before Lindsay Brendle put in a layup off a pass from Winn to put the game at 54-36 at the 15:39 mark.
The Eagles went up by 24 by the media timeout in the second half as Whitaker and Schlobohm were pinned to the bench after picking up their fourth fouls early in the half.
Holli Flippo came out of the break with a steal and a fast break layup and Kelly Hudler fought for a couple of offensive rebounds before getting fouled and sinking a pair of free throws but the lead still remained in the 20’s before Hudler and Paige Bridgers hit three pointers to bring the game back within 17 at 79-62 with 5:52 to play.
The Tornados continued to fight the rest of the game but with foul trouble prevented any thought of a Brevard comeback as the Eagles took the win, 99-77.
The teams combined for 44 fouls in the contest with 26 of them coming in the second half. The Tornados shot 88.2 percent (15-17)from the charity stripe, while Carson-Newman went 15-21 (71.4 percent) from the free throw line.
The difference in the game came in the turnover battle as Brevard coughed the ball up 31 times against the Eagles pressure.
Winn led five Tornados in double figures with 16 points while pulling down six rebounds. Hudler tied her season-high with 13 points, while Flippo (11), Schlobohm (10) and Whitaker (10) all scored double figures for Brevard.
Mandy Mendenhall had 16 for the game on 6-10 shooting while Ashley Kyle had 15 points and eight assists for the Eagles. Shari Buford (13) and Ashley Tipton (12) also scored double figures for Carson-Newman.
The Tornados continue on their week-long road trip as they head to Tigerville, S.C. on Saturday, January 24, for a non-conference matchup against North Greenville University. Tip-off for the Tornados-Crusaders is set for 2 p.m. The Eagles are also on the road as they travel to take on Lenoir-Rhyne with game time slated for 6 p.m.