Saturday, December 14, 2013


The Tornados racked up 11 steals

BREVARD, N.C. - A half-court three-point buzzer beater from Queens’ Shonice Pettaway stunned the home crowd while Queens University of Charlotte squeaked past BC, 67-66, in South Atlantic Conference action Saturday afternoon at Boshamer Gymnasium in Brevard, N.C.

The Royals (3-5, 2-3 SAC) claimed their second consecutive victory by a total of three points after defeating Tusculum, 77-75, last Saturday and defeated BC in the first-ever meeting between the two squads. The Tornados (2-5, 1-4 SAC) wrapped up a three-game homestand with consecutive losses despite a career-high 21 points from freshman Madison Lenox.

The Tornados stormed out to an early 8-0 advantage following an inauspicious beginning while Queens received a technical prior to the tip. BC’s Katie Williams chipped in with four points while Chelsea Turner drained a triple during the spurt.

However, the Royals responded with a 9-0 run and took a one-point lead following a Lacey Singletary layup.

Both squads played even throughout the first half while the game saw six ties, but Queens was able to take a four-point lead into the intermission, 40-36, after Pettaway knocked down a pair of free-throws with a tick left on the clock.

Williams enjoyed a 10-point performance while Pettaway notched 14 points and teammate Tia Hudgins added 12 in the first 20 minutes.

Queens stretched its lead to seven, 56-49, following a made free-throw from Nikia Squire, but the Tornados responded with a 7-0 run thanks to a jumper from Lenox and another three from Turner.

Lenox continued her highlight day with a steal before ripping off five consecutive points prior to a Taylor Hiatt three to give the Tornados a 64-58 lead with 1:53 remaining in regulation.

The Royals refused to back down while Pettaway buried a jumper followed by a pair free-throws from Singletary made it a 64-62 game.

Queens fouled immediately, but Lenox knocked down a pair from the charity stripe with 14 seconds remaining. However, Singletary snagged a rebound and scored a basket to cut the deficit to two, 66-64, with six seconds on the clock.

The Royals forced a turnover on the ensuing possession and Pettaway threw up a three-pointer from half court that banked in as the buzzer sounded, giving Queens the one-point victory.

Pettaway led both teams with 26 points and nine boards while Lenox paced the Tornados and Williams tallied 17 points and a team-high five rebounds.

The Royals dished out 17 assists, compared to BC’s six. The Tornados held the advantage on the charity stripe (22-26 to 12-16).

The Tornados return to action Friday, Dec. 20 when they travel to Anchorage, Alaska to battle Saint Leo in the AT&T Hoops Classic at 5 p.m. ET.

Queens vs Brevard College
12/14/13 2 p.m. at Brevard, N.C.
At Brevard, N.C.
QUEENS (3-5 (2-3 SAC))
Shonice Pettaway 9-20 4-4 26; Tia Hudgins 4-6 5-7 13; Micha Cox 4-6 0-1 11;
Abby Pettit 3-6 0-0 6; Lacey Singletary 2-3 2-2 6; Nikia Squire 1-7 1-2 3;
Erin Brundage 1-1 0-0 2; Alexys Taylor 0-0 0-0 0; McKell Oliverio 0-1 0-0 0.
Totals 24-50 12-16 67.
Madison Lenox 7-15 7-7 21; Katie Williams 4-9 9-9 17; Chelsea Turner 3-7 0-0
9; Shelby Wolfe 2-8 2-4 6; Taylor Hiatt 2-4 1-2 6; Lynsey Crisp 0-1 3-4 3;
Hadara Bannister 1-1 0-0 2; Kadijah Watts 1-1 0-0 2; Jennifer Martin 0-0 0-0
0. Totals 20-46 22-26 66.
Queens........................   40   27  -   67
Brevard College...............   36   30  -   66
3-point goals--Queens 7-18 (Shonice Pettaway 4-9; Micha Cox 3-5; Abby Pettit
0-2; Nikia Squire 0-2), Brevard College 4-15 (Chelsea Turner 3-7; Taylor
Hiatt 1-1; Shelby Wolfe 0-1; Katie Williams 0-3; Madison Lenox 0-3). Fouled
out--Queens-None, Brevard College-None. Rebounds--Queens 27 (Shonice
Pettaway 9), Brevard College 28 (Katie Williams 5). Assists--Queens 17 (Erin
Brundage 3; Alexys Taylor 3; Lacey Singletary 3; Shonice Pettaway 3),
Brevard College 6 (Katie Williams 2). Total fouls--Queens 19, Brevard
College 15. Technical fouls--Queens-TEAM, Brevard College-None.