CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Royals of Queens University of Charlotte shot higher than 40 percent from the field and from three-point land, dropping the Lady Tornado by a final score of 78-53. Stephanie Brantley led King with 11 points off the bench in the loss.
Queens (N.C.) jumped on top of the Lady Tornado early by running out to a 28-6 lead over the first 10 minutes of the opening frame. Four turnovers in King's first five possessions led to six points for the Royals who capitalized on their opportunities early. Over a span of 4:45, King committed four turnovers and went 0-for-4 from the field between made baskets.
The Royals built their lead to 21 with 6:14 remaining in the first half as King continued to struggle shooting. The Lady Tornado went 0-for-9 from three-point range while hitting only 32.1 percent of their field goal attempts (9-of-28). King's 11 first-half turnovers led to 17 points for Queens, who took a 43-25 score into the half.
King battled its way back to a 13-point deficit, 47-34, when Stephanie Brantley hit one of the team's two three pointers on the evening near the 16-minute mark of the second half. With 14:28 remaining, Allison Bosse (Knoxville, Tenn.) hit mid-range jumper to cut the lead to 12 points, 49-37, but Queens built its lead back up to as many as 26 and rode the clock out toward a 78-53 victory.
The Lady Tornado's 24 total turnovers on the night aided in Queens' win, awarding them 28 points off of turnovers. Four Royals players turned in double-digit scoring performances, led by Shatonya Hardy's 12 points. Melissa Thomas (11), Micha Cox (11), and Shonice Pettaway (10) all scored 10 or more on the night
Freshman Stephanie Brantley (Pilot Mountain, N.C.) led the Lady Tornado in scoring for the second game in a row with her 11 points. She shot 4-of-10 from the field, including one three pointer, and added four rebounds.
Bonnie Durrett (West Paducah, Ky.) had her streak of consecutive games with a double-double snapped at four, turning in only six points and seven rebounds against the Royals.
Other notable performers include Kelly Jackson (Lynchburg, Va.), who scored nine points on 3-of-5 shooting. Alley Sprouse (Newport, Tenn.) added two more blocks to reach a conference-high 30 on the season. Brooke Johnson (Roan Mountain, N.C.) added six points, as well.
The loss drops King to 8-5 overall with a 4-5 record in Conference Carolinas play. It also snaps a three-game winning streak the ladies took into the Grady Cole Center, Saturday afternoon. They will regroup and host Lees-McRae on Monday, Jan. 21, inside the Student Center Complex for a 5:30 p.m. tipoff. Live stats and video will be provided for the game.
Monday, Jan. 21, is First Responders Night at the Student Center Complex. Fans that serve the community as a member of a local police department, fire department, or serve as an EMS technician and their families are admitted to both the men's and women's game free of charge (with proof of employment).