BRISTOL, Tenn. – King had a second straight strong shooting night in its 71-47 win over the Salem International University Tigers, Tuesday night. King was led by Allison Bosse's 14 points and Chelsea Bowling's first career double-double in the nonconference win inside the Student Center Complex.
King jumped out to an early 12-4 lead in the opening minutes of the contest and increased their lead to 11 near the 11-minute mark. Sophomore Chelsea Bowling opened the game up by hitting a three from the top of the key and was complimented by Alley Sprouse and Allison Bosse both hitting a pair of buckets. Salem International chipped away at the lead by backing King into the paint and capitalizing on a pair of layups by Amanda Jackson and Alicia Stebbins, opening up a three-point shot for Monique Hill to cut the lead to four points, 19-15.
The Lady Tornado rebuilt their lead behind a 50 percent night from the field in the first half, going 10-for-20. They took an eight point lead into the half, 30-22.
The offense continued to thrive out of the locker room when the Lady Tornado went on an 8-2 miniature run behind consecutive three pointers by Bonnie Durrett (West Paducah, Ky.), increasing their lead to 14. Kelly Jackson (Lynchburg, Va./Elon) added to the lead after stealing the ball away with 12:05 remaining and fought through contact on a jumper that fell. The junior converted a three-point play with a successful foul shot and put King up 48-32.
Newcomers Sara Mitchell (Brooklyn, N.Y.) and Stephanie Brantley (Pilot Mountain, N.C.) saw action late and continued to help the Lady Tornado put the game away near the nine-minute mark of the second half. Mitchell launched a three from beyond the arc to give King its first 20-point lead, 53-32. The freshman, Brantley, then followed on a missed SIU jumper and converted a layup on the fast break continuing to bulk up the King lead. Mitchell went on to score six more points, again striking from deep to hit King's largest lead margin of 28 points. They cruised on to defeat the Tigers, 71-47.
Chelsea Bowling (Elizabethon, Tenn.) recorded her first career double-double behind a 13-point, 10-rebound performance. She went 3-for-6 from the field and added six points from the charity stripe. Bowling also had four assists and three steals.
Leading all scorers on the day was senior Allison Bosse (LOCATION), who notched a season-high 14 points in 21 minutes off the bench. Bosse went 7-of-13 with seven rebounds while adding a pair of assists and steals.
Bonnie Durrett and Sara Mitchell were one point away from joining Bosse and Bowling in the double-digit scoring club, each tallying nine points on a combined 6-of-13 shooting from the field. Durrett scored all her points from beyond the arc, nailing 3-of-5 three-point tries.
King, now 4-2 overall with the win, will play Salem International (1-5) in a rematch on Dec. 18 in Salem, W.Va. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m. The Lady Tornado will jump back into conference play on Jan. 3 when they travel to Barton College.