Limestone (5-1, 1-0) jumped out to a 41-22 first half lead behind Maria Young's 18 first-half points on 7-of-13 shooting and four three pointers. King was within a point of the Saints, 16-15, midway through the first half then began a 17-4 run heading into the locker room. Young finished with a career-best 39 points and hit 10 threes. Her teammate Stephanie Hayes recorded a triple-double with 10 rebounds, 10 assists and 14 points.
King (0-4, 0-1) trimmed a 23-point deficit to 14 points but Limestone returned fire, shooting over 50 percent in the second half. Johnson helped jumpstart a 9-0 run to bring the score to 50-36 with 13 minutes and change remaining. Limestone held off the Lady Tornado and ended the game on a 19-9 run and defeated King, 85-57.
Johnson scored nine of her 16 points in the second half, five from the charity stripe. Kalen Collins (Wise, Va.) also scored a majority of her points in the second half, recording eight of her 12 then. She shot 5-of-10 from the field and added four rebounds.
Freshman Alley Sprouse (Knoxville, Tenn.) was one rebound shy of her first career double-double. She had nine boards, five on the offensive end, to add to 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting.
King won the battle in the paint, outscoring the Saints 20-12 in the post and outscored the hosts in points off the bench, 15-9. Limestone won the all-important battle of the boards, outrebounding the Lady Tornado 40-33 and converting 18 King turnovers to 17 points of their own.
The Lady Tornado will play a pair of games in Wilberforce, Ohio against Central State University (Division II) and Cedarville University on Dec. 2-3 in non-conference play. King will play the Marauders of CSU on Dec. 2 at 5:00 p.m. before taking on the Yellow Jackets of CU the following day at 12 noon. The Tornado will open their home slate on Dec. 6 against Mars Hill from the Student Center at 6:00 p.m.