December 7, 2013

Tornado use second half run to down Bobcats

BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University women's basketball team defeated the visiting Lees-McRae College Bobcats on Saturday night at the Student Center Complex, closing the game on a 13-5 run that turned a 50-50 tie into a 63-55 advantage for the Tornado.

King (4-2, 2-0) trailed by two points at the half after leading by as many as nine points early in the opening period. But King outscored the visiting Bobcats (4-6, 1-1) 37-27 in the second half to turn a deficit into a 63-55 win to keep its record unblemished in Conference Carolinas play.

The Tornado turned in a team effort, with no player scoring in double figures and nine of the ten players that saw action scoring at least five points. Bonnie Durrett led the team with 13 rebounds and chipped in eight points, just the second time in six games this season she has failed to record a double-double. Kelly Jackson and Stephanie Brantley joined Durrett for the team lead in scoring.

The Tornado shot 40.0 percent on its field goal attempts while holding the Bobcats to just 30.2 percent shooting. King also outrebounded the Bobcats 49-33, led in bench points 25-7, and scored 13 fast break points while not allowing Lees-McRae any.

After taking an early 3-0 lead, the Bobcats trailed for much of the first half, finally regaining the lead with 39 seconds remaining in the period. Lees-McRae led 28-26 at the break, ending the half on a 20-9 run and scoring the final nine points of the period.

The Bobcats appeared in control with 10:41 remaining in the game, taking a six-point advantage on a three-point shot by Lauren Lewis. But a Bonnie Durrett three-point field goal on a possession that saw a pair of offensive rebounds keyed an 8-0 Tornado run over the next 2:21 to give King the lead.

The Bobcats evened the score again at 50 with 5:29 remaining, but King ended the game on a 13-5 run to reach the final margin. King held a five-point advantage with 2:10 to go when Tia Keitt missed a three-point attempt. But Keitt chased down her own rebound and found an open Durrett, who buried a three-point basket to give King an eight-point lead.

Lees-McRae was led by Lauren Lewis, who chipped in 14 points on 5-for-15 shooting. Alyssa Munson scored 12 points, while Kerri Belcher and Kabrina Truesdale collected seven rebounds each.

The Tornado will return to action on Thursday at 7:00 p.m., hosting the University of Pikeville for a nonconference tilt at the Student Center.