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Strong Second Half Effort Gives Women's Hoops Road Win

Bekah Walter (Nina Grauley/Sports Information)
Bekah Walter (Nina Grauley/Sports Information)

BREVARD, N.C. -- The Covenant women's basketball team shot 64 percent in the second half and scored 60 points over the final two quarters to rally past Brevard, 86-78, on Friday evening at Boshamer Gym.

Covenant (10-11) has won four straight overall and the victory completes a season sweep of Brevard (10-8).

Five players scored in double figures for the Scots led by Bekah Walter's 20 points. Taylor Robinson came off the bench to score 15 points and grab seven rebounds, while Joanna Smith had 14 points and eight boards. Emma Grimes was a perfect 4-of-4 from the field, with three 3-pointers, and finished with 12 points and Kaley Hallmark tallied 11 points and four assists. Jessica Bell contributed eight points, four assists and three steals.

Covenant trailed 35-26 at halftime, but turned that around with its best second half of the season. The Scots were 9-of-15 from the field in the third period as the halftime deficit was erased when Hallmark buried a triple giving Covenant a 43-42 lead with 4:34 left in the period. The teams went back-and-forth over the final minutes of the third and were tied at 51-51 heading into the fourth.

Down 57-55 with 7:04 left in the fourth, Covenant rattled off a 12-2 run with Smith and Grimes doing all the damage. Smith had two baskets from the post and also added a pair of free throws during the run, while Grimes knocked down 3-pointers on consecutive possessions to help Covenant to a 67-59 lead with 4:36 remaining. Covenant got the margin up to 11 at 74-63 after a Robinson trey at the 3:05 mark. The Scots shot 9-of-13 from the field in the fourth quarter.

Brevard would get as close as five in the final minutes, but key free throws down the stretch sealed the win for Covenant. The Scots went 9-of-10 at the foul line in the final 1:36 of the contest.

Covenant's 35 points in the fourth quarter are the most for the program in any quarter since the NCAA adopted quarters starting in the 2015-16 season. 

For the game, the Scots shot 49.1 percent (26-of-53), the third time this season that Covenant has shot that percentage. Covenant also made 9-of-17 3-pointers and went 25-of-33 at the line, a season high in both makes and attempts. 

Brevard received 22 points from Annalee Bollinger and 15 points from Deja Riddick. Jade Napier added 11 for the host Tornados. Brevard shot 46.4 percent (32-of-69) for the game, but only 3-of-22 from beyond the 3-point line.

UP NEXT

The Scots will travel to Demorest, Ga. to face off with the USA South West Division’s top team, Piedmont, and its four game winning streak. Tip off is set for 2 p.m.

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