Brevard, N.C. - Samantha Winn eclipsed 1,000 points in her collegiate career at the start of the second half, putting in a jumper in the paint off the assist by Anna Schlobohm, but Tusculum took home the win in sweeping the season series with the Tornados, 80-59.
Brevard (6-19, 0-14 SAC) was led by Winn, who finished with 22 points and seven rebounds, for her fourth straight game over 20 points. Amanda Whitaker also had a big night with 13 points and eight defensive rebounds in 30 minutes of play, while point guard Anna Schlobohm dished out six assists to go with eight points.
Jasmine Parker led Tusculum (22-4, 12-3 SAC) with 28 points, and pulled down eight rebounds to go with eight assists. Nikki Van Dine had 16 points, and Stephany Neptune had eight points to go with a game high 16 rebounds.
The difference in the game came in the rebounding differential as Tusculum corralled 48 rebounds, while Brevard was held to 28. Brevard shooters also struggled from the floor in the first half, connecting on 8-27 (29.6 percent) on their way to a 33.3 field goal percentage for the game.
Winn started off the afternoon, putting in a three-pointer 30 seconds into the game, but Tusculum responded with a 12-0 run capped by two three’s by Ashli Oliver to put the Lady Pioneers up 12-3 with 3:42 into the game.
The lead extended to 18 as Parker put in a layup off a fast break to put Tusculum up 32-14 with 5:05 left in the first half.
Brevard edged closer as the first half expired as the Tornados went into the post for back-to-back layups by Winn and Whitaker, and a pair of free throws each for Holli Flippo and Winn as Brevard went into the half down 39-25.
On the Tornados first possession in the second half, Winn took a pass on the block from Schlobohm and went up and over Neptune as she scored the 1,000th point of her collegiate career.
Brevard used Winn’s basket to bring the game back within seven, going on a 14-9 run as Schlobohm scored seven points and dished out a pair of assists in the opening 6:44 of the second half to put the score at 48-41 in Tusculum’s advantage.
However, Tusculum responded with a 13-2 run of their own, in rebuilding an 18 point lead on the back of Parker hitting from downtown and putting in a pair of free throws to go up 61-43 with 10:51 remaining.
The Tornados continued to attempt to bring the lead back within striking distance, but Tusculum slowed down the tempo of the game in leaving Boshamer Gymnasium with the win, 80-59.
Brevard heads to the road to finish out their first season in the South Atlantic Conference, taking on Newberry on Wednesday night in Newberry, S.C. Tip-off for the game is set for 6 p.m. Tusculum heads home for their season finale against Mars Hill also on Wednesday at 6 p.m.