King falls to Barton in conference title game

Photo credit: Carl Copeland
Photo credit: Carl Copeland

WILSON, N.C. – For the third straight year, the King University women's basketball team played for the Conference Carolinas title, taking on third seeded Barton College on their home floor. The first quarter was high-scoring with the teams going back and forth. However, the fourth seeded Tornado couldn't keep the pace over the final three quarters, falling 83-68.

THE BASICS
FINAL SCORE: No. 3 Barton 83, No. 4 King 68
LOCATION: Wilson Gymnasium; Wilson, N.C.
RECORDS: King 17-13; Barton 23-8

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • The opening quarter saw six ties and five lead changes and neither team led by more than four points.
  • Barton held an 18-14 lead, but King answered with six straight points, capped by a Che' Davis bucket that gave King a 20-18 lead.
  • Kori West gave King a 21-20 lead with a free throw in the final seconds of the quarter.
  • The Tornado were led by seven points from Arnelle Collins and five from Kristen Cupples in the opening stanza.
  • Arielle Holloway stretched the King lead to 24-20 with a triple to open the second quarter, but the Bulldogs answered with six straight points to gain the lead.
  • Barton later went on an 8-0 run, opening their lead up to 34-27 midway through the frame.
  • The Bulldogs earned their largest lead off the first half at nine points twice, including a 42-33 lead at the break.
  • In the third quarter, Barton went on a 15-0 spurt, opening up a 60-38 lead.
  • The Tornado couldn't cut into their deficit the remainder of the quarter as Barton led 70-50 entering the final quarter.
  • King couldn't get a run going in the fourth quarter as the Bulldogs took the contest 83-68.
  • Collins led King with 22 points and added three assists.
  • Taylor Freeman followed with 13 points, six rebounds and two assists.
  • Cupples was the final Tornado in double figures with 11 points.

FOR THE FOES

  • Dinah Neal scored a game-high 25 points to go along with six rebounds and three assists.
  • Kianna Wynn added 24 points and 14 rebounds.
  • Alex Kimble chipped in with 14 points.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE

  • Collins scored a career-high 22 points, topping her previous best of 19.
  • Collins and Cupples were selected to the all-tournament team.
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