BREVARD, N.C.- The Brevard College women’s basketball team held off a late rally from the Catawba College Indians for a 71-66 South Atlantic Conference win on Saturday afternoon in Boshamer Gymnasium.
The Tornados (4-8, 3-5 SAC) went 7-for-8 from the foul line over the final 44 seconds to knock off the Indians (7-5, 5-3 SAC) for their second straight conference win. BC’s Katie Williams, who hit three free throws in the final minute, finished with a career-high 20 points.
The Tornados also impressed from the field, shooting a season-high 56.3 percent (9-for-16) from three-point range in the game. The Tornados connected on 44.2 percent (23-of-52) attempts from the field for the afternoon.
Although Catawba tied the games five separate times after the break, the Tornados didn’t trail following a Madison Lenox free throw that tied the game at 8-8 at the 16:29 mark in the first half.
The Tornados took their initial lead on a Taylor Hiatt three-pointer at 14:58 in the first half, part of six unanswered points that led to a 14-8 advantage. BC went up by as many as 12 in the opening half, eventually settling for a 39-30 lead at the break.
BC shot 53.8 percent (14-for-26) from the field in the first half, including an astounding 72.7 percent (8-for-11) from three-point range.
Hiatt secured a career-high 10 rebounds while chipping in six points for the Tornados. Freshman Chelsea Turner also set her season-high in scoring with 13 points, thanks in part to a 4-for-5 shooting performance in the opening half.
Mallary Clay, Antoinette McPhail and Chloe Bully all finished in double figures for Catawba, paced by 17 points from Clay. McPhail added 16 points and seven rebounds while Bully had 14 points, seven assists and five rebounds.
The Tornados return to action on Wednesday night as they visit the Carson-Newman Eagles for a 6 p.m. tipoff from Holt Fieldhouse.