Tornados hold on to defeat Crusaders, 56-51
Brevard, N.C. - Samantha Winn led the Tornados with 23 points shooting 60% from the field, as the Tornados defeated Belmont Abbey, 56-51 despite a double double effort by Shayla Jackson with 20 points and 10 rebounds for the Crusaders.
The Tornados improve to 5-4 on the season, while the Crusaders fall to 3-3.
Brevard scored the first seven points of the game followed by a 12-0 Belmont Abbey run led by Jackson’s eight points. The Tornados fought back to regain the lead with seven minutes left in the first and began a 17-5 run to end the half up on the Crusaders 34-22.
Brevard shot 50% from the field in the first including Winn’s five for nine, 12 point effort, and Holli Flippo’s three for four performance with 9 points.
The 14 point halftime lead would be the biggest Tornado lead of the night as Belmont Abbey battled back in the second half. With less than two minutes remaining, Asha Hardaway converted on a free throw to pull the Crusaders with in one for the first time since the first minute of the game. A Winn jumper then gave the Tornados a 52-49 cushion until Amanda McDonald converted two free throws once again pulling the Crusaders back with in one.
The Tornados finally sealed the victory when Brianna Worley sunk one from behind the arc and Flippo converted a free throw, giving her 10 on the night and giving Brevard the 56-51 win.
Brevard will return to action tomorrow when St. Andrews Presbyterian College travels to Boshamer Gymnasium for a 6:00 p.m. game.
In between games this evening, Belmont Abbey coach, Susan Yow, spoke about the efforts of the Kay Yow foundation. The foundation, carrying the name sake of her late sister and former NC State coach, works to raise money to benefit the fight against women's cancers. Brevard College is proud to announce that fans attending tonight’s games donated over $400 dollars to the charity.