SALISBURY, N.C. --- The Brevard College women's basketball team defeated Lees-McRae College on Saturday afternoon on the final day of the Comfort Suites Classic, going on a 24-7 run early in the second half and surviving a late rally by the Bobcats en route to a 71-56 victory.
Brevard (3-4) shot 47.8 percent from the three-point range on the afternoon, knocking down 11-of-23 attempts from beyond the arc and forcing 34 Lees-McRae (0-4) turnovers, converting those miscues into 27 points. The Bobcats won the battle on the glass by a 38-36 margin, including a 25-22 edge on the defensive boards.
Micheala Watkins (Forest City, N.C.) scored a game-high 20 points to lead the Tornados, while Lindsay Brendle (High Point, N.C.) and Anna Schlobohm (Greensboro, N.C.) each chipped in 11 points. Holli Flippo (Kingston Springs, Tenn.) paced Brevard with eight rebounds while recording a game-high three steals; Watkins dished out a contest-best four assists for the Tornados.
Sophie Witte (Hamburg, Germany) turned in season-highs of 15 points and 11 rebounds to record her first double-double of the campaign, going a perfect 5-for-5 from the field and converting 5-of-7 attempts from the free throw line to pace the Bobcats. Megan Tate (High Point, N.C.) chipped in eight points, while Candace Flowers (Charlotte, N.C.) and Erin Thompson (Ashburn, Va.) each posted seven markers. Icey Patterson (Seneca, S.C.) also recorded a game-high three steals for the Bobcats.
Lees-McRae started off strong, launching a 14-5 run following an early Brevard basket to take a 14-7 lead on a Witte jumper with 11-51 to go in the first half. Brevard responded, answering with a 13-0 run to take a 20-14 lead on a Watkins layup with 5:04 left on the clock. The Bobcats would fight back to even the score at 23-23 on a Witte three-point play to cap a 9-3 run, before Brevard closed out the half with a 6-3 spurt to take a 29-26 lead into the intermission.
The Tornados carried the momentum into the second half, opening the period with a 13-4 run to take a 42-30 lead on back-to-back triples by Brendle and Schlobohm with 13:56 to play. After Lees-McRae cut the margin to 43-34 with a 4-1 spurt, Brevard launched a 10-0 run over the next three minutes, stretching the lead to 53-34 on a pair of free throws by Candice Fritz (North East, Md.) with 9:40 remaining on the clock.
After Brevard pushed the margin to 60-39 with a 7-5 spurt, the Bobcats responded with a 12-3 run of their own, cutting the lead to 63-51 on a Tate triple with 4:15 to play. The Tornados would refuse to give any more ground, maintaining a double-digit advantage for the final four minutes of action to preserve the victory.
Lees-McRae returns to the court on Tuesday when the Bobcats host Virginia Intermont College in a non-conference matchup. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m. in Williams Gymnasium.
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