The Maryville College women's basketball team used a complete team effort to defeat USA South foe Brevard College 71-68 in Brevard, North Carolina on Wednesday evening.
Mayville took the first quarter 17-15 as eight different Scots tallied points paced by Shelby Hix's five-point effort. Maryville had a 17-9 advantage late in the first stanza, but back-to-back three-pointers by Brevard's Taryn Ledford.
The Scots stormed to a 12-3 run in the second quarter led by key baskets by Libby Gardner, Kelley Wandell, Brooke McCurdy, and Klaire Varney. MC ended the half with a 35-25 lead outpacing the Tornados 18-10 in the second quarter.
At the half, Maryville's defense forced 14 turnovers while the offense went 11-for-28 from the floor (39%). MC's Klaire Varney led all scorers at the break with 9 points on 2-of-5 shooting while going 5-for-7 from the free throw line. She also paced the Scots on the boards with seven rebounds. Shelby Hix had seven points while Kelley Wandell posted five points and six rebounds.
Brevard cut Maryville's 10-point lead to seven in the third quarter with a 6-0 run early and a 7-0 run at the 4:11 mark. Key late baskets by Varney and Waddell closed out the quarter with the Scots posting a 57-50 advantage.
The Tornados opened the final period with a 10-0 run over the first five minutes giving Brevard a 60-57 lead. Maryville fought back with six points by Erin Beasley, five points by Elsa Eckenrod, and a trio of key free throws by Varney to seal the tough USA South road victory.
"Tonight was a great win for our young team in every way possible," stated MC Head Coach Darrin Travillian. "Brevard really stretches your defense, so it was great to see our girls dig in and make big stops. I was extremely proud of our offensive execution down the stretch, and the charge Elsa took was a game changer."
Maryville (2-5, 2-1 USA South) had three players post double digits in scoring. Erin Beasley paced all scorers with 16 points on 6-of-9 shooting that included a pair of three-pointers. Klaire Varney went 9-for-13 from the charity stripe for 15 points while grabbing eight rebounds. Elsa Eckenrod dropped 10 points while also grabbing eight boards. Kelley Wandell was strong in the paint with a game-high 12 rebounds. Wandell, Libby Gardner, and Shelby Hix each finished with seven points.
Brevard (5-2, 1-1 USA South) was led by Deja Riddick's 15 points while Taryn Ledford tossed in 14 points off the bench.
Maryville will prepare to host Centre College on Saturday, December 15th. Tip-off is slated for 4:00 p.m. in MC's Boydson Baird Gymnasium.