Wingate, N.C. - Samantha Winn had another big afternoon, scoring 28 and pulling down 12 rebounds, but five Bulldogs scored in double figures as Wingate completed the season sweep against the Tornados, 94-72.
The Tornados (6-17, 0-12 SAC) were led by Winn, who went 9-17 from the floor and 2-3 from behind the arc. Kelly Hudler had her fourth game of the season in double figures, scoring 11 points in 22 minutes action. Holli Flippo had the first 10 rebound game of her career, corralling four offensive and six defensive rebounds from her guard position.
Wingate’s (14-9, 5-7 SAC) five double-digit scorers were led by first-team All-SAC guard Anna Atkinson with 19 points and Gladney Brown with 19. Kurie Washington (16), CC Brooks (13), and Leslie Tucker (11) all were in double figures. Atkinson also dished out a game high nine assists for Wingate.
Both teams were tied after 7:15 minutes of play at 10-10 as Winn had nine of the first 10 points for the Tornados, while Brown kept pace for the Bulldogs with six.
Brevard took their first lead in the game with 11:57 on the clock as Millie Wharton tied the game up at 12 with a layup, then made the free throw after getting fouled by Sarah Rosser to go up by one. However, Wingate came right back with a jumper by Brown to retake the lead.
The teams were tied up again with 9:09 left in the first half at 22 when Amber Roberts went 1-2 from the line after getting fouled by Stacie Rhodes, but Wingate used a 22-8 run started by a pair of free throws by Washington to go up 44-30 with 11 seconds left on the clock. A three-pointer with three seconds left by BC’s Hudler cut the deficit back to 11 as the teams went into the locker room.
Winn had 16 points and eight rebounds in the first half for the Tornados, who were held to 27.3 percent (9-33) shooting from the field. Atkinson had 12 points and six assists for the Bulldogs, who forced 14 turnovers in the opening period, while only coughing the ball up four times.
Wingate, on the strength of their 11 point halftime lead, doubled their lead, despite the best efforts of Winn (12 points in the second half) and Anna Schlobohm (eight points) on their way to recording the 94-72 victory.
The Tornados head home on Wednesday, February 18th, for their PinkZone game against Carson-Newman. The Eagles won the first matchup back on January 21st, 99-77. Tip-off for the Tornados-Eagles rematch is set for 6 p.m. Wingate heads to Mars Hill for another conference game against the Lions, also on Wednesday, with game time also at 6 p.m.