BREVARD, N.C. -- Head coach Skylar Bareford has preached toughness and fighting to the finish all year with her Covenant women's basketball team. On Tuesday night, the Scots displayed those traits in a big way.
Cosette Kirsch scored 19 points and Ruthie Moore added 15 points to help Covenant erase a halftime deficit and make clutch plays down the stretch to pull away for a 64-55 win at Brevard inside Boshamer Gym in USA South action.
The win puts the Scots at 7-12 overall and 4-6 in USA South play. Brevard drops to 5-13 on the year and 3-9 in league play.
Down 32-25 at the half, Covenant outscored Brevard by 16 over the final two periods to storm back for the win. The Scots trailed 50-47 with 5:13 left in the fourth quarter, but a 7-0 run, capped by a Kirsch 3-pointer, gave the Scots a 54-50 lead and they would not trail again the rest of the night.
Kirsch scored nine points in the final quarter, with seven of those coming in the final four minutes of the game. Kirsch was 7-of-13 from the field and added three assists and two steals. Moore totaled 15 points with six rebounds, four assists, and a pair of steals. Margo Koby scored nine points with nine rebounds, while Hannah Monday tallied eight points and seven rebounds.
Covenant shot only 29.7 percent (11-of-37) in the first half and found itself down by seven at the break. That deficit would grow to nine in the early minutes of the third period as Brevard's Krysta Davis made a layup with 7:31 remaining in the quarter.
The Scots chipped away at the deficit and finally evened the score in the final seconds of the third as Kirsch drained a 3-pointer to make it 43-43.
Brevard scored the first four points of the fourth, but Covenant outscored the host Tornados 21-8 the rest of the way to secure the road win.
The Scots finished the night shooting 44.8 percent (26-of-58) from the floor and 9-of-14 at the foul line.
Brevard was led by Destiny Williams and Davis, who each scored 11 points. Williams registered a double-double with 10 rebounds. The Tornados out-rebounded the Scots 43-34, but only connected on 35.4 percent (23-of-65) from the field with five 3-pointers.
Covenant returns to the road on Saturday when it takes on Wesleyan. The game is set for Titan Arena on the campus of Central Georgia Tech in Macon, Ga., at 1 p.m.
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