BRISTOL, Tenn. – It was fitting that on Senior Night in the Student Center Complex that the seniors on the King University women's basketball team led the Tornado to an emphatic victory over rival Lees-McRae College. King grabbed the lead early in the first quarter, and didn't look back, taking the regular season finale 88-41.
FINAL SCORE: King 88, Lees-McRae 41
LOCATION: Student Center Complex; Bristol, Tenn.
RECORDS: King 22-6, 19-3 Conference Carolinas; Lees-McRae 4-24, 4-18 Conference Carolinas
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The Tornado seniors grabbed control from the tip, with three different players accounting for King's first seven points. Jalan Harper made a layup and Demisha Porter followed with a triple.
- Whitney Mitchell made it a 7-0 King lead early in the contest with a fastbreak layup.
- Mitchell and Harper then scored six straight points, stretching the King lead to 13-2 three minutes in.
- Fellow seniors Ashley Albertson and Sydney Harris got in on the action at the end of the quarter as Albertson made a layup and Harris drilled a triple to give King a 19 point lead.
- Amy Van Deventer gave King a 33-11 lead after the first period with a bucket in the waning seconds.
- The King defense clamped down in the second quarter, only allowing the Bobcats to score seven points in the stanza.
- On the other side, the Tornado offense closed the quarter on a 13-1 run, including the final nine points of the quarter to take a 53-18 lead into halftime.
- Van Deventer again scored the last bucket of the quarter in the waning seconds, stretching the Tornado lead to 35.
- Lees-McRae cut into their deficit in the third quarter, but the Tornado led 64-30 after three periods.
- King gradually extended their lead in the fourth quarter, taking the contest 88-41.
- Porter and Van Deventer led five King scorers in double figures with 13 points to go along with six rebounds each. Porter went 5-for-7 from the floor and Van Deventer went 5-for-6.
- Mitchell, Harper and Albertson all added 11 points with Mitchell grabbing five rebounds.
- Harris and Sheena Johnson nearly reached double figures, scoring eight points apiece.
FOR THE FOES
- Brea Forbes led Lees-McRae with 21 points and three rebounds.
- Olivia Unger chipped in with seven points.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- King finishes the regular season with 22 wins, the most since becoming NCAA Division II members.
- It also marks the most wins since 2003-04 when King won 24 games.
- The Tornado will be the second seed in the Conference Carolinas Tournament that starts on Monday.
- The pushes King's winning streak to six games, their longest streak of the season.
- King had five scorers in double figures for the fourth time this season, the last coming on January 24 against Converse College.
- Porter matched a career-high with 13 points and set a career-best with six rebounds.
- The second seeded Tornado will host seventh seeded Belmont Abbey College in the Conference Carolinas Tournament quarterfinals on Monday. Tipoff from the Student Center Complex is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.