March 17, 2011

King unable to get past top-seed SAGU at NCCAA

WINONA LAKE, Ind. - King College started the 2011 NCCAA Division I Women's Basketball National Tournament with a 74-63 setback against top-seed Southwestern Assemblies of God (Texas) University Thursday despite 25 points from Ashley Deans.

After Thursday's quarterfinal contest, the No. 8 seed Lady Tornado moved into a 3 p.m. contest Friday to play host Grace (Ind.) College. Grace was defeated 67-60 by Roberts Wesleyan (N.Y.) in an overtime contest between the No. 4 and No. 5 seeds. Roberts Wesleyan moved into a 7 p.m. game against Southwestern Assemblies. King and Grace met in last year's championship with the Lady Tornado winning a 69-68 overtime contest.

Deans (Greeneville, Tenn.) went 8-for-16 from the field and 8-for-8 at the free throw line for her ninth 20-plus point effort of the season. She also pulled in eight rebounds, a game best.

Jessica Tharpe (Sevierville, Tenn.) chipped in 10 points.

Southwestern Assemblies got 29 points from Stephanie Hawkins. Heather Jefferson and Chelsea Jones scored 16 and 15, respectively.

King had to try to overcome a 39-30 halftime deficit. The Lady Tornado only had one three pointer in the opening 20 minutes.

Southwestern Assemblies doubled King up in the paint 32-16.