LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN -- Five players scored in double figures as the Covenant women's basketball team won its second straight with a 77-66 victory over Brevard on Saturday afternoon.
Covenant goes to 3-3 on the year, while Brevard drops to 2-4. Brevard is a reclassifying member of NCAA Division III and the USA South and the contest does not count towards league standings.
Jessica Bell and Emma Grimes had 16 points apiece, with Grimes scoring all of her points in the fourth quarter, while Joanna Smith registered a double-double with 12 points and 14 rebounds. Bekah Walter and Raquel Rosa had 12 points each, a season-high for Rosa.
Covenant led for the vast majority of the contest. The Scots got out to an 18-11 lead at the end of the first period after shooting 61.5 percent (8-of-13) in the quarter. The lead expanded to double digits in the second after a Bell layup made it 24-13 at the 5:47 mark. Brevard cut into the lead, but the Scots used 50 percent shooting in the half to maintain a 32-26 lead heading into halftime.
Brevard made its push in the third. The visiting Tornados had their best shooting quarter in the third and got within one at 51-50 going to the fourth. The rally continued into the first possession of the fourth as Ty'She Washington gave the Tornados a 52-51 lead with her layup with 9:47 left.
However, Covenant would outscore Brevard 26-14 the rest of the way, aided by Grimes' 16 points in the period. After being held scoreless through the first three quarters, Grimes hit three 3-pointers and added seven free throws to help Covenant pull away for the victory. It was a Grimes 3-pointer with 9:31 left that gave Covenant a 54-52 lead, one in which they would not relinquish.
The Scots were then able to seal the win at the free throw line. Covenant made just two of its first 13 free throws in the game, but finished making 15 straight including a perfect 11-of-11 in the final quarter.
Brevard was led by Annalee Bollinger's 19 points and six assists. Washington had 16 points and seven rebounds while Kelsie Rhyne added 13 points. The Tornados shot just 37.7 percent (23-of-61) from the field and were 12-of-13 at the foul line.
Covenant did work on the glass as the Scots held a 43-23 rebounding edge and tallied 12 second-chance points on 11 offensive rebounds. The Scots also shot a season-high 49.1 percent (27-of-55) with six 3-pointers.
Covenant will have a week off before hosting Berry in a non-conference matchup on Saturday, Dec. 9. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. inside Barnes PE Center.
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