Harrogate, Tenn. - A pair of free throws by Lincoln Memorial’s Stephanie Wagner with 0.4 seconds left in the second half dashed Brevard’s hopes for their first South Atlantic Conference win of the 2008-2009 season, as the Tornados fell in Harrogate, Tenn. on Saturday night, 63-61.
Samantha Winn led the Tornados (5-16, 0-11 SAC) in scoring for the sixth straight game, putting in 13 points while leading the team with five steals. Anna Schlobohm scored 12 and added six assists, while Holli Flippo had regained her shooting touch, nailing two three-pointers on her way to 11 points, while pulling down six rebounds.
The Railsplitters (9-13, 3-8 SAC) had three players lead the way with 14 points in Wagner, Kara Harris, and Dayshalee Salaman. Whitney Vannoy scored seven while pulling down eight rebounds for Lincoln Memorial.
The first half went back and forth as Brevard opened the game with a 7-0 run as Millie Wharton scored the first points of the game with a jumper in the point, while Winn drove in for a layup, then showed her versatility in connecting from behind the arc.
Lincoln Memorial responded with a 25-7 run that spanned 11:29 minutes, starting at the 17:31 mark on a three by Wagner and ended with 6:02 left in the half when Vannoy put in a jumper in the paint to put the Lady Railsplitters up 25-14.
The Tornados then closed out the first half with an 11-2 run started by a jumper by Schlobohm, before three straight three-pointers by Lindsay Brendle, Flippo, and Paige Bridgers. However, the run ended just before the half when Wagner put in another basket to give the Lady Railsplitters a four point lead at the halfway point of the game, 29-25.
Brevard was led by Flippo with six points, while Winn had five points and three rebounds as the Tornados shot 41.7 percent (10-24) in the first half. However, the Tornados turned the ball over 16 times to the Railsplitters defense in falling behind. Lincoln Memorial’s Harris led all scorers in the first half with eight points, while Salaman had seven points and four assists as LMU shot 36.7 percent (11-30) from the field.
Wharton opened the second half with another jumper in the paint as the Tornados opened up the second half, scoring the first seven points, taking the lead at 32-31 with 17:23 left in the game, forcing a Lady Railsplitter timeout.
Coming out of the timeout, the teams traded the lead four times before Schlobohm and Brendle went on a 10-4 run against the entire Lincoln Memorial roster in building the largest lead in the second half by either team at eight at 48-40, with 9:46 remaining.
A jumper by Wagner was matched by a pair of free throws by Wharton as the lead remained at eight, before Lincoln Memorial went on a 11-2 run to go up by six after Salaman put in a fast-break layup with 3:09 left on the clock to put the Lady Railsplitters up 58-52.
Brevard fought back as Flippo scored five of the Tornados next six points on free throws and her second three-pointer of the day as Brevard tied up the game for the fourth time at 58-58 with less than two minutes remaining.
Salaman drove in for a jumper in the paint to temporarily give LMU the lead, but a free throw by Schlobohm, then another pair for Millie Wharton, who went 5-6 from the line for the game, gave Brevard the lead with 53 seconds left on the clock at 61-60.
After a missed jumper by Salaman and a defensive rebound by Amanda Whitaker¬ let the Tornados run the clock down to 28 seconds before Brevard took a timeout.
Out of the timeout, Schlobohm attempted a jumper with the shot clock expiring that was rebounded by Lincoln Memorial’s Cena Nasiloski. Salaman was fouled on the next trip down the floor by Whitaker, and was able to convert one of two free throws to tie up the game at 61 with 17 ticks left on the clock.
A three-point attempt by Holli Flippo with five seconds left missed and the resulting rebound was pulled down by Wagner, before another foul by Whitaker sent Wagner to the line with 0.4 left on the clock.
The Tornados take a game off from conference play as Brevard plays host to North Greenville University on Wednesday, February 11th. The Tornados defeated the Crusaders back on January 24th down in Tigerville, S.C., 81-76. Tip-off for the rematch is set for 6 p.m. Lincoln Memorial stays at home to host SAC foe Mars Hill, also on Wednesday, with game time at 6 p.m.