TIGERVILLE, S.C. – The King University women's basketball earned a Conference Carolinas victory at North Greenville University behind their best shooting night of the season. The Tornado made half of their shots and had four scorers in double figures in the 91-85 victory.
FINAL SCORE: King 91, North Greenville 85
LOCATION: Hayes Gymnasium; Tigerville, S.C.
RECORDS: King 12-10, 9-6 Conference Carolinas; North Greenville 5-17, 4-1 Conference Carolinas
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The Tornado got off to a hot start behind a balanced attack over the opening five minutes.
- Kori West and Kristen Cupples both scored four points and Jada Owens drilled a triple, giving King an 11-4 lead.
- However, the Crusaders scored eight straight points to gain the lead.
- North Greenville then scored nine straight points and 12 of the final 17 points of the quarter to take a 24-19 lead.
- The Crusaders opened up a 29-21 lead in the early going of the second quarter before the Tornado worked their way back.
- Ali Golden pulled King within three with a triple and later a West bucket made the King deficit 34-33 late in the half.
- The teams went back-and-forth with North Greenville holding a 43-39 lead at halftime.
- King used a big third quarter, including 10 straight points in the early going to regain the lead.
- West started the spurt with a bucket and Golden ended it when she knocked down a triple and two free throws following a Che' Davis trifecta.
- The Tornado knocked down four triples in the quarter where they outscored the Crusaders 30-19.
- Davis capped a 7-0 run that put the Tornado ahead by 10 with an offensive rebound and putback.
- However, the Crusaders ended the quarter with a triple, cutting the King lead to 69-62 going to the fourth quarter.
- King looked to put the contest away in the fourth quarter, extending their lead to 84-69 midway through the final quarter following a 6-0 run.
- However, the Crusaders had a run left, scoring seven straight points to cut their deficit to single digits.
- The Tornado lead was cut to four points with one minute remaining, however, Arnelle Collins capped the 91-85 victory with a layup in the final minute.
- West led four scorers in double figures with 27 points to go along with 19 rebounds.
- Golden followed with 20 points on 6-for-11 shooting from three-point range. She added seven assists in the contest.
- Cupples added 11 points and Davis chipped in with 10 points and eight rebounds.
FOR THE FOES
- Karen Donehew led eth way with 18 points and six assists.
- Cameron Carter followed with 15 points and Bree Stoddard scored 14 points and grabbed seven rebounds.
- Kathleen Rogers chipped in with 11 points.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- King had four players in double figures for the third time this season. The last came at UVa-Wise and the other was the season opener against Mars Hill University.
- The Tornado made 14 triples, matching their season-best. It was also their fourth game with at least 10 triples in a game this season.
- King shot 50.0 percent from the floor, their best shooting performance of the season.
- For West, the double-double marks her fifth straight and seventh in the last eight games.
- It also marks West's fourth game this season with at least 20 points and 15 rebounds.
- Golden set a career-best with six triples in the contest. Her seven assists also set a career-best.
- King returns home on Saturday to host Southern Wesleyan University. Tipoff of senior day is slated for 2:00 p.m.
- North Greenville travels to Lees-McRae College on Saturday.