BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University women's continued their hot play of late, winning their fifth straight contest behind a balanced scoring attack. The Tornado used an early run to gain separation from Southern Wesleyan University and pulled away to take the 87-40 victory.
FINAL SCORE: King 87, Southern Wesleyan 40
LOCATION: Student Center Complex; Bristol, Tenn.
RECORDS: King 12-4, 9-1 Conference Carolinas; Southern Wesleyan 4-11, 2-8 Conference Carolinas
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Following a Warrior basket to start the contest, King rolled off 10 straight points, forcing a Southern Wesleyan timeout. Jalan Harper had a pair of steals that resulted in fastbreak layups.
- The Tornado then closed the quarter on a 9-3 run, capped by a Kori West offensive rebound and put back that beat the buzzer, giving King a 19-7 lead after one.
- The second quarter started with a 7-2 run by King, capped by a Kristen Cupples three-point basket.
- King closed the frame on a 9-0 run, taking a 40-18 lead at the break. Emily Kiser started the run with triple before Cupples added a layup. Harper ended the run with a pair of baskets in the final minute.
- Over the first five minutes of the third quarter, King went on a 12-2 run, highlighted by trifectas from Arnelle Collins and Kiser, giving King a 56-24 lead.
- Amy Van Deventer stretched the Tornado lead to 66-32 at the end of the third quarter with two of her 10 points in the contest, coming in the final minute of the stanza.
- The Tornado started the fourth quarter on a 15-1 run to put the contest away. Sydney Harris and Collins connected from long range on the spurt, and Harris capped the run with a layup.
- Keyanna Blakely made a pair of baskets in the final two minutes to give King the 87-40 victory.
- Collins led King with 13 points while Harper followed with 12 and Van Deventer chipped in with 10 points and six rebounds.
- West and Madison Davis accounted for nine points and five rebounds apiece while Whitney Mitchell and Demisha Porter led King with four assists each.
FOR THE FOES
- Aneysa Williams led Southern Wesleyan with nine points while Kristen Smith added seven points.
- Tatiana Manuel snared a game-high nine rebounds for the Warriors.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- King has scored at least 80 points in each of their last five games, the longest such streak since King became NCAA Division II members prior to the 2010-11 season. King had a streak of four straight game from January 5-13 a season ago.
- The Tornado defense may have turned in their best defensive effort of the season, holding Southern Wesleyan to a 23.7 field goal percentage, the lowest percentage by a Tornado opponent this season.
- West matched a career-high of nine points, which she set on Saturday at North Greenville.
- For the third time in her career, Collins handed out four assists in a game.
- King returns to the court on Saturday when they travel to Emmanuel College. Tipoff from Franklin Springs, Ga., is scheduled for 2:00 p.m.
- Southern Wesleyan hosts North Greenville University on Saturday afternoon.