Scots honor six seniors with 70-61 win over Brevard

Scots honor six seniors with 70-61 win over Brevard

Maryville College saw five Scots finish in double figures on Tuesday night, as the Orange and Garnet celebrated the careers of their six seniors with a 70-61 win over Brevard College.

Maryville honored the careers of the late Brittany Johnson, Amber Hudgens, Madison Maples, Haley Talbott, Lauren Biliter and Rachel Hawn in a celebration before the game.  

Over the past four seasons, those seniors led this program to an 89-21 overall record for an 81% winning percentage. Their 51-5 record in the USA South Athletic Conference, winning 91% of all league challenges, helped MC claim three consecutive USA South Athletic Conference Western Division titles.

With these talented leaders, Maryville went to a pair of NCAA tournaments and advanced to the NCAA "Sweet 16" in 2015-2016.

It was the finish to Tuesday night's game, however, that earned the victory, as MC went 14-of-17 from the charity stripe over the final eight minutes.

Sophomore Libby Gardner led the way, as she tallied 9-of-10 free throws down the stretch. The guard scored nine of her team-high 14 in the final stanza.

Maryville took a 32-26 lead to the half, after taking control, 18-13, in the first quarter. MC shot 46.2 percent in the opening stanza, knocking down a pair of treys to earn the early lead.

Hudgens – a senior – neared a double-double in the first half with seven boards and six points. She had three of the Scots' seven offensive rebounds, allowing the Orange and Garnet to capitalize with nine second-chance points.

Maryville would score 18 of their 38 second-half points at the free-throw line to preserve the victory. The Scots fought off a pair of runs from the Tornados in the half, sealing the victory late with a 5-2 rally in the final minute.
Maryville (14-8) was led by double-double efforts from Hudgens and Hawn, as five Scots finished with double-digit scoring.

Hudgens had 15 rebounds and 11 points, tying her career-best in rebounds from Feb. 4, 2016 against Wesleyan College (Ga.). She had a block, while going 4-for-5 from the floor with a trey.

Hawn had 13 points and 12 boards, as she tallied three steals, an assist and a block. Maples had 12 points, five rebounds and a trio of assists, as Biliter added 10 points, five rebounds, four assists and four blocks. Gardner had a team-high 14 points off the bench with three steals, a rebound and an assist.

Talbott added six points, two rebounds, a pair of assists and a steal. Elsa Eckenrod had two points and five boards, while Kelley Wandell added two points and two rebounds.

Maryville shot 20-of-55 (36.4 percent) while knocking down six treys at a 24 percent clip. They went 24-of-33 (72.7 percent) from the free-throw line and outrebounded Brevard, 50-40.

The Tornados (10-7) shot 34.2 percent (25-of-73) while also knocking down six treys. They went 7-of-10 from the charity stripe.

Annalee Bollinger had a game-high 21 points, while Destiny Williams added 13 with six steals, four rebounds, three assists and a block. Jade Napier had 11 points. Brevard was led by Whitney DeMoss on the boards with nine, as she added four points.

Maryville will look next to Wesleyan College (Ga.) on Friday, Feb. 2. The game – originally scheduled for Jan. 19 – will tipoff of 6 p.m.