DUE WEST, S.C. – After turning in a go-ahead three with seconds left in the first half, the Lady Tornado ran away with a 63-47 victory over the Erskine Flying Fleet. Bonnie Durrett posted a career-high 21 points and recorded her fourth double-double of the season with the addition of 10 rebounds.
Erskine took an early five-point lead out of the gate but never held a larger lead for the duration of the half after King went shot-for-shot with the Fleet through the opening 20 minutes. Both teams fought through turnovers, totaling 22 between both squads, yet King outscored Erskine 10-2 in points off turnovers in the half. The Lady Tornado hit a three with nine seconds remaining on the clock to take their first and only lead of the game. Brooke Johnson (Roan Mountain, Tenn.) worked eight seconds off the clock before sinking the go-ahead, three-point bucket giving them a 26-24 lead going into the locker room.
The Lady Tornado did not let off the gas pedal by scoring 10 of the half's first 13 points to build a nine-point lead with 15:21 remaining. Durrett posted five of those points, hitting a three pointer to help King achieve a 36-29 lead. Holding on to that lead heading under the 10-minute mark of the second half, Erskine cut into the deficit when Andrienne Banner scored the Fleet's next seven points in a row and brought her team within four points after converting a one-and-one opportunity.
King (6-4, 2-4) immediately responded with six straight points to gain their first double-digit lead of the game, 51-41, behind makes from Kelly Jackson (Lynchburg, Va.) and a three by Chelsea Bowling (Elizabethton, Tenn./ETSU). Their scores were part of an 11-2 run that solidified the win as the Lady Tornado took a 13-point lead beyond the final media timeout. Durrett made the game's final bucket with 58 seconds to go to achieve her career best in points.
Durrett scored 12 of her 21 points in the second half en route to her fourth double-double of the season and second in as many games. In addition to her 10 rebounds, she also made three blocks, marking the fourth time she has finished a game with three or more blocks. Durrett continued her hot hand by shooting 53.8 percent from the field (7-for-13) and going 4-for-10 from three-point range.
Chelsea Bowling scored all 12 of her points from long range, going 4-for-7 from beyond the arc.
Brooke Johnson inched closer to the 1,000 career point mark, scoring 10 on 4-of-8 shooting and leading the team with five assists. She now is 142 points away from hitting the centennial mark.
Erskine (0-11, 0-6) finished the game with three double-digit scorers, led by Andrienne Bannerman (16). Tori Whittenberg and Sha'Niqua Whitley both had 11 points. No member of the Flying Fleet scored more than five points following those three players.
King returns to the Student Center Complex this Saturday, Jan. 10, for Community Appreciation Night when both the men's and women's teams host the Pfeiffer Falcons. The Lady Tornado will begin the doubleheader at 5:30 p.m. with the men, currently ranked No. 22 in NCAA Division II, following at 7:30 p.m.
Members of the Bristol, Tennessee/Virginia and TriCities community can attend both games, free of charge, as part of Community Appreciation Night. Join the Tornado for a day full of fun and lots of points scored.