BREVARD, NC – On “Think Pink” Night in Boshamer Gymnasium the Brevard College women’s basketball team used a hot start out of the gates and solid team defense to hold on for their second win of the season over North Greenville, a 65-55 home victory in front of a “pink” crowd.
North Greenville will host its own “Think Pink” night, raising awareness for breast cancer, Thursday night during a home contest versus Morris College.
The Tornados opened up the game on a 13-0 run in the first five minutes of play, hitting four of their first five shots of the game and forcing North Greenville to call a timeout to stop the run.
BC pushed their lead up to 18 points at 23-5 with 8:06 remaining in the first half before the Lady Crusaders came fighting back scoring on their next two possessions.
The Tornados shot 41.4 percent from the field in the opening half and forced the Lady Crusaders into 14 turnovers and 7-of-22 from the floor to take a 31-20 halftime lead.
In the second half, Brevard pushed their lead to 17 points on a three-pointer by Holly Krogman at the 13:05 mark. However, that would be the Tornados last bucket until the 8:41 minute remark, as the Lady Crusaders went on a 13-0 run of their own to cut the BC lead to four at 45-41.
After the Tornados pushed the lead up to six at 51-45 after six made free throws, North Greenville battled back to take a 52-51 lead on a three-point basket.
The Tornados knotted the score up at 52-52 on a made free throw by Millie Wharton. Wharton then missed the second free throw, which was rebounded by forward Kelsey Sill who then put the Tornados up 54-52, hitting a jumper in the paint.
On the next possession, the Lady Crusaders tied up the score again on an Amanda Milner lay-up with 4:06 remaining in the game.
In the final four minutes of play, the Tornados outscored North Greenville 11-1, hitting their free throws down the stretch to seal the 10 point win.
As a team BC shot 84.2 percent from the charity stripe in the second half, hitting 16-of-19 attempts.
Leading the way for BC was Krogman with 20 points to go along with her team-high six rebounds. Fellow senior Courtney Brandon added 13 points and a team-high seven assists for the contest, while freshman forward Amanda Whitaker had 10 points.
North Greenville was led by guard Robin Warner, who had a team-high 15 points, as she connected on 3-of-7 from the three-point line.
With the win the Tornados improve to 8-14 on the season, while the loss drops North Greenville to 11-11 overall.