Brevard, N.C. - Samantha Winn again broke her career scoring record, dropping in 28 points and pulling down 10 rebounds, but the Bears limited the rest of Coach Shannon Reid’s squad to only 38 points as Lenoir-Rhyne came away with the victory in Wednesday night South Atlantic Conference action, 74-66.
Brevard (5-15, 0-10 SAC) had three scorers in double figures, led by Winn’s eighth career double-double, sixth this season. Amanda Whitaker scored 12 and pulled down six rebounds from her forward spot, and Millie Wharton added 10 on 3-4 shooting from the field before fouling out. The Tornados responded from being overwhelmed on the glass 58-26 the last time around in Shuford Gymnasium on January 7th, by out-rebounding the Bears, 39-33.
The Bears (19-2, 9-1 SAC) also had three in double figures as Jami Safrit, reigning SAC player of the Week, put in 13 as did Brittany Mitch. Jacquelyn Kremer scored 11 as Lenoir-Rhyne shot 45.3 percent from the field for the contest.
Both teams started off slow as Brevard held a 5-3 lead 3:49 into the game as Millie Wharton continued her recent streak of starting the game off fast with the first three points for the Tornados.
Brevard used a 13-4 run ending with 5:50 left to go up 22-15. Wharton continued to drive and score, and Winn got in on the action with a pair of free throws and a layup. Amber Roberts ended the run with a three-pointer to give the Tornados the biggest lead of the opening half.
Lenoir-Rhyne tied the game up after Winn hit a jumper with 2:32 on the clock as Meredith Webster nailed a three to put the game at 26-26.
The Bears followed the three-pointer with a pair of layups by Kristen Fulmer and Jami Safrit to go into the locker room with a 31-28 lead.
The Tornados, coming into the game hitting 36.7 percent of all three-point attempts, could not connect in the first half, going 1-12 (8.3 percent) from distance. However, they were able to connect on 7-8 free throw attempts as Brevard held onto the lead for most of the first half. Lenoir-Rhyne hit 11-25 (44.0 percent) from the field on their way to coming back and gaining the lead.
The Tornados were unable to regain the lead in the second half, but stayed in the game as Winn added 14 points as the Tornados brought the game back to within two points, first at the 15:52 mark when Schlobohm put in a layup, then again with 5:58 when Winn added a pair of free throws to cut the game to 58-56. However, the Bears went on a 10-2 run on their way to recording the 74-66 victory.
Brevard heads to Harrogate, Tenn. on Saturday for an evening contest against Lincoln Memorial. The Tornados fell in their first game to the Railsplitters on January 10th, 75-64 in Boshamer Gymnasium. Tipoff for the SAC matchup is 6 p.m. The Bears stay on the road, traveling down to South Carolina to face Newberry, with game time set for 2 p.m.