Salisbury, N.C. - Catawba came out the victor Wednesday night in a close game that saw ten lead changes and nine ties. Samantha Winn led the Tornados in scoring for the thirteenth time this season with 20 points followed by Lindsay Brendle's career high 15 points for the Tornados. Dana Hicks’ double-double and Brooke Whitely’s late hot shooting proved to be too much for Brevard who came up short 78-68.
The Tornados fall to 6-8 overall and 0-5 in the conference, while Catawba improves to 9-6 and 2-2 in the conference.
Winn shot six for nine from the field in the first half to lead the team with 14 points while Brendle was a perfect three for three from the field, adding to the team’s 50 percent shooting average in the first half.
Dana Hick achieved double digit rebounds for Catawba before the intermission, ending the first half with ten rebounds and seven points.
The Indians out rebounded the Tornados 27-14 in the first half but shot just 33 percent from the field.
Brevard led by as many as eight, and were down by as many as six in the first half before heading into the locker room with a 35-31 lead.
The Indians went to the line 24 times in the second half, scoring 19 of their 47 second half points from the line as the team entered the bonus just eight minutes into the second.
Brevard had stayed within reach until the last few minutes when Catawba went on an 11-2 run to take a 14 point lead, their biggest lead of the game. Whitely led the Indians on the run scoring seven of the eleven, and twenty of her 22 in the second half.
Amanda Whitaker led Brevard’s defense with two steals and six defensive rebounds. Both teams recorded just six steals and two blocked shots.
Freshman Katelynne Poole stole away two for the Tornados and added four points late in the game.
The Tornados will play their fourth straight road game this Saturday when they travel to Wingate for a 2:00 p.m. tip-off.