BRISTOL, Tenn. – Playing their first home game in more than a month, the King University women’s basketball team continued their hot streak in Conference Carolinas play defeating North Greenville University for the second time in eight days. The Tornado held a lead at the break and pulled away in the third quarter, pushing their Conference Carolinas record of 8-0 with the 80-41 victory.
FINAL SCORE: King 80, North Greenville 41
LOCATION: Student Center Complex, Bristol, Tenn.
RECORDS: King 9-5, 8-0 Conference Carolinas; North Greenville 3-11, 1-6 Conference Carolinas
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The teams went back-and-forth early on before Jalan Harper sparked an 11-0 King run that closed the first quarter when she made a layup with one minute remaining.
- Arnelle Collins and Whitney Mitchell made consecutive layups to extend the lead before Brittany Stringer capped the opening stanza with a triple that gave King a 20-9 lead.
- Stinger then drilled a three-point basket to open the second quarter, making the Tornado run 14-0 before the Crusaders got on the board again.
- King held their largest lead of the first half at 40-23 before North Greenville made a pair of free throws to make the halftime score 40-25 in favor of the Tornado.
- The Crusaders cut into the deficit early in the second half, but the Tornado responded with a 6-0 run, stretching their lead to 46-27.
- King then used a 15-0 run to put the game out of reach. Stringer started the spurt with a layup before Kristen Cupples made a layup and Stephanie Brantley drilled a triple.
- Sheena Johnson later capped the run that gave King a 61-29 lead with back-to-back triples.
- The Tornado didn’t let up in the fourth quarter, extending their lead to make the final score 80-41.
- Mitchell filled up the stat sheet, scoring a team-high 13 points to go along with five rebounds and four assists.
- Amy Van Deventer also tallied 13 points and led the Tornado with eight rebounds.
- Collins and Johnson cracked double figures with 10 points apiece.
FOR THE FOES
- Cameron Carter paced the Crusader offense with 17 points.
- Ty Broadwater followed with nine points and a team-high 12 rebounds.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- For the fourth straight contest the Tornado have scored at least 80 points, marking their longest streak dating back to prior the 2003-04 season.
- King continues their best Conference Carolinas start, moving to 8-0.
- Mitchell matched a season-high with five rebounds.
- The Tornado remain at home to face Erskine College on Saturday. Tipoff from the Student Center Complex is slated for 2:00 p.m.
- North Greenville is on the road on Saturday at Southern Wesleyan University.