Triples lead King past Erskine

Photo credit: Robert Foster
Photo credit: Robert Foster

DUE WEST, S.C. – The King University women's basketball team shot well from three-point range in a Conference Carolinas win at Erskine College. The Tornado knocked down 12 triples, six from Kristen Cupples to defeat the Flying Fleet 76-52.

THE BASICS
FINAL SCORE: King 76, Erskine 52
LOCATION: Belk Arena; Due West, S.C.
RECORDS: King 9-9, 6-5 Conference Carolinas; Erskine 4-13, 3-8, Conference Carolinas

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Both teams got off to a slow start in the first quarter, but the three gave the Tornado the lead after the opening stanza.
  • Che' Davis knocked down a pair of triples in the quarter, one to even the score at six and another that put King ahead 11-10 going into the second quarter.
  • The shots continued to fall from behind the arc for the Tornado in the second quarter as Ali Golden gave King a 16-12 lead with a triple.
  • Cupples heated up down the stretch, knocking down three triples in the final five minutes of the half. She broke an 18-18 tie with her second triple of the game and followed with another.
  • Erskine came back and got within 27-26 before Cupples struck again from long range and Golden gave King a 32-26 lead at the break.
  • Davis wasted no time opening the third quarter with a triple, igniting the Tornado offense.
  • The Tornado went on a 9-0 run, capped by a Kori West layup giving King a 52-34 lead.
  • However, the Flying Fleet scored five of the final seven points of the quarter, but King lead 54-39 going to the fourth quarter.
  • Taylor Freeman stretched the Tornado lead to 60-39 when she drilled a triple early in the fourth quarter.
  • Erskine tried to comeback, cutting their deficit to 67-52, but the Tornado closed the contest on a 7-0 run to take the game 76-52.
  • West led the Tornado with 22 points and 15 rebounds for the double-double. West also handed out four assists.
  • Cupples followed with 21 points, going 6-for-0 from three-point range and 7-for-11 from the floor. She added six rebounds.
  • Golden and Davis rounded out four Tornado scorers in double figures with 11 points apiece.

FOR THE FOES

  • Christian Brown led the Flying Fleet with 15 points off the bench.
  • Megan Davis followed with 13 points and Alexis Scott grabbed 13 rebounds and added eight points.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE

  • West matched a career-high with 22 points. The double-double was her fifth of the season and third in the last four games.
  • Cupples came within one of her career-high with 21 points.
  • Arnelle Collins grabbed a career-high 11 rebounds and handed out a career-best five assists. She last had five assists in a game on January 13, 2015 against Erskine.

UP NEXT

  • King returns home to face Barton College on at 5:30 p.m. on Friday night.
  • Erskine hosts Belmont Abbey College on Friday night.
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