2019-20 Brevard Women's Basketball News

  • Women’s Basketball Heads to Berea on Saturday
    December 13, 2019
    Following a 10-day lay-off from game action for finals week, the Brevard College women’s basketball team (3-6, 1-2 USAS) returns to USA South Conference play on Saturday to square off against the Berea College Mountaineers (6-2, 1-0 USAS) at the Seabury Center in Berea, Kentucky. Tip-off is slated for 2 p.m. 
  • Tornados Trounce Wolves to Earn First USA South Conference Win of 2019-20
    December 07, 2019
    The Brevard College Women’s Basketball team (3-6, 1-2 USA South) earned a decisive 78-58 win over Wesleyan College (0-10, 0-3 USA South) on Saturday afternoon at the Boshamer Gymnasium.  The win marked Brevard’s first USA South Conference win this season and snapped a four-game losing skid for the Tornados. Junior forward Deja Riddick led the Tornados with 14 points and a team-high five assists.  The Norfolk, Virginia native also pulled down six rebounds, blocked a shot and went a perfect 4-for-4 from the free-throw line. Junior forward Destiny Williams and senior center Krysta Davis also scored in double figures with each player registering 11 points. 
  • Brevard Battles Maryville for a Mid-Week Conference Contest
    December 04, 2019
    The Brevard College women’s basketball team (2-5, 0-1 USAS) jumps back into USA South Conference action on Wednesday evening when the Tornados travel to Maryville, Tennessee to take on the Maryville College Scots (5-2). Tip-off is slated for 6 p.m. Wednesday’s game continues a busy stretch for the Tornados who played two home contests in the span of three days. Brevard dropped its conference opener, 61-47, to LaGrange College last Saturday prior to hosting Warren Wilson College, who pulled away late to defeat the Tornados by a final of 76-66 at the Boshamer Gymnasium. Junior forward Destiny Williams played in her first game of the 2019-20 season in Monday’s narrow setback to Warren Wilson, as the Aiken, South Carolina native posted a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Tornados.
  • Riddick Scores 21 in Setback at Maryville
    December 04, 2019
    Junior forward Deja Riddick tallied a game-high 21 points as the Brevard College women’s basketball team (2-6, 0-2 USAS) returned to USA South Conference play with a 65-50 defeat against the Maryville College Scots (6-2, 1-0 USAS) in a mid-week, Wednesday evening matchup.  Riddick scores 11 points in the first half before tacking on 10 in the second half for a grand total of 21, marking the second time this season that the junior forward from Norfolk, Virginia eclipsed the 20-point plateau.  In addition to Riddick’s scoring, she also grabbed eight boards and set a new career-high by tallying eight steals in Wednesday’s matchup. This mark is tied for the third-most single-game steals in Brevard’s NCAA-era history, and are the most single-game steals any Tornado has recorded since BC alumna Michaela Watkins swiped 10 steals on December 1, 2012, against Mars Hill University.  Freshman guard Mekindia Martin tied her season-high mark with 10 points on 4-of-7 shooting that included two made 3-pointers. Destiny Williams added eight points in the junior forward’s first start of the 2019-20 campaign.
  • Fourth Quarter Rally Pushes Warren Wilson Past Brevard
    December 02, 2019
    After three back-and-forth quarters of basketball that left the score tied at 53, the visiting Warren Wilson College Owls (2-2) outscored the Brevard College women’s basketball team, 23-13, as the Tornados fell by a final of 76-66 in a Monday evening battle between two WNC-area opponents at the Boshamer Gymnasium. Junior forward Destiny Williams, who played in her first contest of the 2019 season, led Brevard by posting a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds in Monday’s game. Junior guard Taryn Ledford added 12 points with a team-high three 3-pointers. The Tornados recorded a total of 14 steals, with Victoria Green, Deja Riddick, Breana Ware, and Williams each registering three steals each. Riddick added nine points and five rebounds, making each of her five free throw attempts.
  • Brevard Matches Up With Warren Wilson for WNC-Area Battle
    December 01, 2019
    The Brevard College women’s basketball team (2-4) will look to get back to its winning ways when the Tornados face off against local Western North Carolina opponent Warren Wilson College (2-2) on Monday evening at the Boshamer Gymnasium. Tip-off for this non-conference showdown is slated for 7 p.m. The Brevard College Department of Athletics will be collecting toys at the gate that will later be donated to the Mission Hospital’s Pediatric Cancer Unit.  The Tornados opened USA South Conference play last Saturday, November 30, where Brevard dropped a narrow, 61-47 decision to the visiting LaGrange College Panthers. Junior guard Shakirah Thompson led the way for Brevard's offense with 12 points, draining four 3-pointers in the matchup. 
  • Panthers Pull Away From Tornados in Conference Opener
    November 30, 2019
    The Brevard College women’s Basketball team (2-4, 0-1 USAS) fell by a final score of 61-47 to the visiting LaGrange College Panthers (6-1, 1-0 USAS) in both teams’ USA South Conference-opening contest on Saturday afternoon at the Boshamer Gymnasium.  Shakirah Thompson led the way for Brevard’s offense with 12 points, draining four 3-pointers in the matchup. Sophomore center Avery Lockwood added 10 points, four boards, and three steals, while junior forward Deja Riddick stuffed the stat sheet with nine points, eight rebounds, and a game-high six assists. Victoria Green, Mekindia Martin, and Breana Ware each added two steals apiece to BC’s defensive effort in Saturday’s game.  Jahpera McEachin scores 17 points to lead all LaGrange scorers while also dishing out a team-best four assists. Daijah Cousins came off the bench to add 10 points and five boards, while Sarah Evans paced LaGrange’s defense with three blocks and five boards. 
  • Women’s Basketball Opens USA South Play Saturday at The Bosh
    November 27, 2019
    The Brevard College women’s basketball team (2-3) is set to open USA South Conference play at home on Saturday afternoon, as the visiting LaGrange College Panthers (5-1) pay visit to the Boshamer Gymnasium for a post-Thanksgiving, 2 p.m. showdown. LaGrange, winners of its last five contests, open up conference play against the Tornados – who are a perfect 2-0 at home this season. The Tornados took a 64-57 victory the last time at home for Head Coach Donald Hudson’s squad, as Brevard defeated Bob Jones in a non-conference matchup. Shakirah Thompson, one of three Tornados to reach double figures in the game, led the way by pouring in a career-high 19 points that included five 3-pointers. Junior forward Deja Riddick added 13 points, while fellow junior guard Taryn Ledford tallied 10 points.
  • Tornados Drop Non-Conference Contest at Pfeiffer
    November 23, 2019
    The Brevard College women’s basketball team (2-3) dropped a 60-50 non-conference road matchup at Pfeiffer University (2-4) on Saturday afternoon in Misenheimer, North Carolina. Deja Riddick led the Tornados with a double-double of 12 points and a game-high 10 rebounds. Riddick also recorded game-highs with five assists and three steals. BC’s Avery Lockwood came off the bench to add nine points, while Shakirah Thompson registered eight points after shooting 3-of-7 from the field including two made three-pointers. Pfeiffer has three players score in double figures led by 25 points from A’Mya McClain.  Kortni Pinion scored 15 points while Brina Bentley added 11 points for the Falcons.
  • Brevard WBB Takes Over USA South Instagram, Searches for W in Misenheimer 
    November 22, 2019
    Coming off a 64-57 triumph at home on Tuesday over Bob Jones University, The Brevard College’s women’s basketball team (2-2) returns to action this Saturday when the Tornados match up with the Pfeiffer University Falcons (1-4) in Misenheimer, North Carolina. Tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m.  In addition to Brevard’s weekend road trip, the Tornados will be taking over the USA South Conference’s Instagram account (@usa_south), starting on Friday and ending on Sunday. The USA South Instagram Takeover initiative aims to give teams of various schools and sports the opportunity to provide fans an inside look at road trips over the course of their respective seasons.  The Tornados will have the opportunity to earn their first consecutive wins for the first time this season, as Brevard battles Pfeiffer. Head Coach Donald Hudson’s team is coming off an impressive showing against Bob Jones last Tuesday at The Bosh that saw junior guard Shakirah Thompson net a career-high 19 points, propelled by five 3-pointers. Two other Tornados (Deja Riddick, 13 points; Taryn Ledford, 10 points) reached the double-figure threshold in Brevard’s home victory.
  • Tornados Host Bob Jones for Doubleheader 
    November 19, 2019
    The Brevard College’s men’s and women’s basketball teams are geared up to host the Bob Jones University Bruins on Tuesday, November 19 for a non-conference doubleheader at the Boshamer Gymnasium.  The game marks the start of Brevard College Athletics’ Toy Drive, where toys will be collected at home basketball games through the month of December to benefit Mission Children’s Hospital in Asheville, North Carolina. The contest also marks the basketball teams’ Faculty & Staff Appreciation games.  Both games will be live-streamed to the Official YouTube Channel of Brevard College Athletics here. 
  • Brevard Claims 64-57 Victory over Bob Jones
    November 19, 2019
    Junior guard Shakirah Thompson led the way with a career night, scoring 19 points with five 3-pointers as the Brevard College women’s basketball team (2-2) climbed back in the win column with a 64-57 triumph over the Bob Jones University Bruins (3-3) on Tuesday evening at the Boshamer Gymnasium. “I couldn’t be more proud of our team today,” said Head Coach Donald Hudson following his team’s second victory of 2019. “Win or lose, the effort that I saw tonight is exactly the effort that we need to be successful the rest of this season.” Thompson’s new career-high point total came on 7-of-16 shooting, including a 5-of-13 clip from long-range. The junior started off hot, knocking down 3-of-6 from distance in the first quarter. Her 19 points supplanted her previous career-high of 15 points set on November 15, 2018, vs. Berry. Three Tornados were able to reach double-figure scoring totals, as Thompson was joined by Deja Riddick (13 points) and Taryn Ledford (10 points). Sophomore forward Breana Ware led all players with a game-high 10 rebounds, which also set the Greensboro, North Carolina native’s new career-best total.
  • Women’s Basketball Returns to The Bosh to Host Methodist
    November 17, 2019
    The Brevard College women’s basketball team returns to the Boshamer Gymnasium for a Sunday afternoon matchup against the Methodist University Monarchs (0-2). Tip-off is slated for 3 p.m. between the two USA South Conference member institutions.  The game will be live-streamed here through BoxCast, and simulcast onto the Official YouTube Channel of Brevard College Tornados Athletics. Live statistics will be available here.  Fans are encouraged to bring cans and non-perishables to Friday night's game to support Brevard's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) in its efforts to collect food items for the USA South Conference's "Cans Across The Conference" initiative. All cans collected will be donated to the Bread of Life Food Bank in Brevard. 
  • Monarchs Hold Off Tornados at The Bosh
    November 17, 2019
    Senior center Krysta Davis scored a career-high 18 points and junior forward Deja Riddick grabbed 16 rebounds for a new career-high mark, but the Brevard College women’s basketball team (1-2) were dropped by the visiting Methodist University Monarchs (1-2), 61-47, on Sunday afternoon at the Boshamer Gymnasium.  Davis’ 18 points led all scorers, while Riddick’s 16 boards - 11 of which coming on the offensive glass - led all players in the game. Riddick’s night also included a game-high five steals for the junior from Norfolk, Virginia.  Davis, a senior from Charlotte, North Carolina, shot an efficient 6-of-8 from the field, including a perfect 7-of-7 from the free-throw line.
  • Berry Upends Brevard in Road Opener
    November 14, 2019
    Berry College (1-2) used a 13-2 run in the first quarter to pull away early from the visiting Brevard College women’s basketball team (1-1) in a non-conference matchup on Thursday evening in Mount Berry, Georgia.  The victory for Berry marked the first time that the Vikings have defeated the Tornados in women's basketball, with Brevard taking the first two meetings between the two schools in 2017 and 2018.  Freshman Mekindia Martin and junior Shakirah Thompson each reached double figures in the contest, scoring 10 points each, while freshman Melvia Seymore added nine points in her second game as a Tornado.  Sophomore center Avery Lockwood grabbed nine rebounds, while senior Krysta Davis added seven boards. Lockwood dished out a team-best three assists to lead the Tornado passing attack.  
  • Tornados Take Season-Opener Behind Riddick’s 22 Points
    November 12, 2019
    Junior forward Deja Riddick posted a new career-high with 22 points as the Brevard College Tornados women’s basketball team (1-0) opened the 2019 season strong with a 65-56 victory over the visiting Toccoa Falls Screaming Eagles (2-6) on Tuesday evening at the Boshamer Gymnasium. “It’s always good to start the year and get a win under your belt,” stated Head Coach Donald Hudson following Brevard’s season-opening victory over Toccoa Falls. “Overall, I am pleased with our effort tonight. As a team, I thought that we played well and made the shots that we needed to make.” Riddick, a native of Norfolk, Virginia, was 8-of-18 from the field and added two 3-pointers to her ledger. She went 4-of-5 from the free-throw line while grabbing nine rebounds – six of which being offensive – alongside two steals. Riddick’s six offensive boards helped the Tornados hold a commanding 14-4 advantage in offensive rebounds over the Screaming Eagles.
  • Brevard College Basketball to Host Tornado Tip-Off on Monday, November 4
    October 31, 2019
    The Brevard College men’s and women’s basketball teams are getting prepared to host their annual Tornado Tip-Off event -  a midnight madness-style program where fans can get their first look at the 2019 BC basketball teams - on Monday, November 4 at 9 p.m. at the Boshamer Gymnasium on the campus of Brevard College.  The event will have introductions of both basketball teams, as well as the BC competitive cheer & dance team, and will include fan games, giveaways, and prizes. Both teams will also play in intra-squad scrimmages that night. The night will include live commentary from Brevard College student MC’s while both teams are scrimmaging.
  • #NCAAInclusion Day 1: “This Is Who We Are” - Featuring Women’s Basketball’s Destiny Williams
    October 22, 2019
    Throughout the NCAA’s Annual Diversity & Inclusion Week, several Brevard College student-athletes, coaches, and athletic staff will be featured on bctornados.com.  The first day of the four-day week (October 22-25) is titled “This Is Who We Are” - a day that is focused on student-athletes’ core values and multiple identities. The purpose of this day is to show who the student-athlete is as a person.  #NCAAInclusion Week, sponsored by the NCAA’s Office of Inclusion, helps bring awareness and spotlight to diversity and inclusion on college campuses by giving student-athletes, coaches, faculty, and staff an outlet to share their stories through social media. 
  • Women's Basketball Picked Sixth in USA South Preseason Poll
    October 22, 2019
    The Brevard College women's basketball team was recently picked to finish sixth in the USA South Conference West Division in the annual USA South Preseason Coaches Poll. The spot is one place higher than Brevard finished in the 2018-19 campaign.  Defending USA South Conference Tournament champion Piedmont College was selected as the preseason favorite in the West Division, as the Lions earned 64 points and eight total first-place votes. Berea College's 56 points were good enough for second in the division. 
  • Women’s Basketball Sets 2019-20 Schedule
    October 15, 2019
    The 2019-20 Brevard College Tornados women’s basketball team, under the direction of fourth-year Head Coach Donald Hudson, has announced its 2019-20 schedule. The Tornados, who are coming off their second-consecutive double-digit winning season, are slated to play a total of 26 games – 24 regular-season games and two exhibitions at NCAA DI institutions. Brevard is scheduled to play 13 home games – eight of which being USA South Conference contests – and 16 total conference games.   “We are so excited to start another season and see where it takes us,” stated Coach Hudson on the upcoming season. “This group returns a ton of experienced players and we will lean heavily on our 10 returners to set the tone every day in practice. They all have spent significant time in our program and understand what a privilege it is to put on the Brevard jersey. I expect them to push this group and get the best out of everyone on a day to day basis.”