Tornados head to Lenoir-Rhyne for first postseason appearance
Tipoff in Hickory, N.C. scheduled for 7 p.m.
Brevard, N.C. - The Brevard College women’s basketball team is heading to postseason play for the first time as members of the NCAA Division II and the South Atlantic Conference tournament, with the women traveling to Hickory, N.C. to take on Lenoir-Rhyne on Wednesday evening, with tipoff coming at 7 p.m.
The Tornados women’s basketball team clinched their berth in the tournament this past weekend, defeating Catawba on Saturday afternoon, 71-70, to take the eighth-seed in the 2010 Food Lion South Atlantic Conference tournament.
Led by the performance of senior forward Samantha Winn this season, the Tornados finished the regular season with a 9-18 record, finishing over .500 at home in Boshamer Gymnasium. Winn averaged 18.6 points per game for Coach Shannon Reid this season and broke the Brevard women’s basketball all-time scoring record of 1,513 points, finishing the regular season with 1,544. The Candler, N.C. native also led the team and finished seventh in the SAC in rebounding on the year with an average of 7.9 per game.
Sophomore guards Holli Flippo and Anna Schlobohm also helped guide Brevard this season with their play. In the deciding game against Catawba, Flippo drilled a three-pointer from the right wing to give Brevard a late two-point lead, while Schlobohm started the comeback for the Tornados against the Lady Indians, hitting several baseline jumpers to finish with 14 points, as well as dishing out four assists. For the season, Flippo finished third in the conference in three-point percentage at 40.8 percent, while also finishing among the conference leaders in steals and offensive rebounds. Scholobohm showed her versatility on the offensive end, leading the Tornados in assists, averaging three per game, while finishing among the SAC leaders in scoring and assist/turnover ratio.
Facing the Tornados in the quarterfinals of the 2010 Food Lion SAC tournament is the reigning SAC Champion and top-seed Lenoir-Rhyne.
The Bears swept the season series against the Tornados, defeating Brevard in Boshamer Gymnasium on January 6th, 78-67, and completed the sweep in Shuford Memorial Gymnasium on February 3rd, 74-49.
Lenoir-Rhyne, coached by Todd Starkey, finished the season with a record of 20-6, winning all ten contests played in Hickory during the season.
The Bears finished the season with four scorers in double-figures on the year with Brittany Mitch leading the way at 12.4 per game on their way to their second straight regular season conference crown. Mitch was joined by Cameron Sealey, Amber Holt and Jami Safrit in double digits, while two other players averaged at least eight points per game.
Game time is set for 7 p.m. and South Atlantic Conference tournament ticket prices for the quarterfinal games are $6 for all adults and booster club members (All-Sports passes are void for all South Atlantic Conference tournament games), and $3 for children, students and college students with ID.