King falls to #21 Wingate in NCAA TournamentCOLUMBUS, Ga. – Playing in their first NCAA Division II Southeast Regional, the seventh seeded King University women’s basketball team stayed with second seeded and 21st-ranked Wingate University in the first half. However, the Bulldogs pulled away in the second half to take the contest 75-55 and end King’s season.
King prepared for first NCAA DII Tournament appearanceBRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University women’s basketball team made history last weekend, winning their first Conference Carolinas Tournament and earning the first NCAA Tournament berth. This weekend the seventh seeded Tornado will be looking to make more history at the NCAA Southeast Regional when they take on second seeded and 21st-ranked Wingate University in the first round at host Columbus State University on Friday.
King earns 7th seed in NCAA Southeast RegionalBRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University women’s basketball team earned their first NCAA Tournament berth by winning the Conference Carolinas Tournament on Friday night, and the Tornado found out their opponent on Sunday night. The Tornado earned the seventh seed in the Southeast Region and will take on second seeded Wingate University on Friday at Columbus State University.
King wins first Conference Carolinas title, topping #22 LimestoneGAFFNEY, S.C. – In what was reminiscent of a heavyweight title bout, the King University women’s basketball team went toe-to-toe with 22nd-ranked Limestone College in the Conference Carolinas Tournament championship for the second straight season. The script for the 2016-17 season had a different ending as Whitney Mitchell made a free throw with 6.2 seconds remaining to give King the 78-77 victory and King their first Conference Carolinas title and NCAA Tournament berth.
Late run moves King into conference finalGAFFNEY, S.C. – In what seemed like an uphill battle all night, the second seeded King University women’s basketball team defeated third seed the University of Mount Olive 78-67 in the Conference Carolinas Tournament semifinals. The Tornado trailed for the majority of the contest, but finished the contest on a 12-0 run to take the contest and setup a rematch of last year’s Conference Carolinas Tournament championship game with top seed Limestone College.
Mitchell, Harper named all-conference, Thompson Coach of the YearBRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University women’s basketball finished second in the Conference Carolinas standings and three Tornado were honored on Thursday at a banquet prior to the conference tournament semifinals. Whitney Mitchell earned first team all-conference, Jalan Harper was selected third team and head coach Josh Thompson earned Coach of the Year honors.
Tornado ranked eighth in final regional rankingsBRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University women’s basketball team has won seven straight contests, including their Conference Carolinas Tournament quarterfinal and the Tornado are ranked eighth in the final NCAA Southeast Regional Rankings.
Three Tornado named academic All-Conference CarolinasBRISTOL, Tenn. – With the Conference Carolinas basketball tournaments underway, the league announced their academic all-conference performers and three Tornado were named to the list. Derick Pope for the men’s team along with Keyanna Blakely and Amy Van Deventer of the women’s team earned honors.
Balanced attack leads King to conference semis with win over BACBRISTOL, Tenn. – For the second straight season, the King University women’s basketball has advanced to the Conference Carolinas Tournament semifinals as the second seeded Tornado defeated seventh seed Belmont Abbey College 85-51 on Monday night. The score was tied after one quarter, but King used a 20-1 run gain separation at the end of the first half.
Seniors lead King past LMC on Senior NightBRISTOL, 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.
King moves up one spot in NCAA Regional RankingsBRISTOL, Tenn. – In the second installment of the NCAA Southeast Regional Rankings, the King University women’s basketball team moved up one spot to seventh. That marks the highest the Tornado have been ranked in the NCAA Regional Rankings, and the third rankings King has appeared in.
King takes come-from-behind win at Mount OliveMOUNT OLIVE, N.C. – The King University women’s basketball team may have come away with their biggest victory of the season after falling behind the University of Mount Olive on the road in the first half. The Tornado came back to take the contest 69-57, and take over sole possession of second place in the Conference Carolinas standings.
King tops Converse for 20th winBRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University women’s basketball got off to a slow start on Saturday afternoon at Converse College, but the Tornado came storming back in the middle two quarters. When the dust settled, King took the Conference Carolinas game 68-49 for their second 20-win season in the last three years.
Mitchell's free throws help King escape LMC with winBANNER ELK, N.C. – Winning rivalry games on the road is never easy, and the King University women’s basketball team escaped with a narrow 64-62 victory at Lees-McRae College on Wednesday evening. Whitney Mitchell connected on a pair of free throws with 0.4 seconds remaining to give King the victory.
Tornado ranked eighth in first NCAA Regional RankingsBRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University women’s basketball team has had a great season so far, and they Tornado are ranked in the NCAA Southeast Regional Rankings for the second time in program history. In the first regional rankings of the season, King checks in at eighth and is one of three Conference Carolinas teams in the top 10.
Second quarter lifts King over Mount OliveBRISTOL, Tenn. – In a matchup of two of the top teams in Conference Carolinas, the King University women’s basketball team came away with a solid win over the University of Mount Olive. The Tornado used a big run before halftime to take the lead and held off a late Mount Olive run for the 74-61.
Third quarter lifts King over ErskineBRISTOL, Tenn. – In a contest that was tight throughout, the King University women’s basketball team used a solid defensive performance in the third quarter to gain separation from Erskine College. The pulled in the third period to take the 75-64 Conference Carolinas victory.
Saints come back to stun KingBRISTOL, Tenn. – As was expected coming in, the tilt between a pair of the Conference Carolinas leaders would be a tight affair, and the King University women’s basketball team came up on the short end against league-leading Limestone College. The Tornado held a sizable advantage in the first half, but the Saints used a strong fourth quarter to take the 58-55 victory.
Three-point shooting leads to win over EmmanuelBRISTOL, Tenn. – Basketball is a game of runs, and the King University women’s basketball team came up with the last run to gain separation from Emmanuel College in a Conference Carolinas victory on Wednesday evening. The Tornado used an 11-0 run in the third quarter to break a tie, en route to the 60-48 victory.
West's career high leads Tornado past CrusadersBELMONT, N.C. – The King University women's basketball faced off against Belmont Abbey College on Saturday afternoon. Kori West had 15 points, followed by Whitney Mitchell with 14 to lead the Tornado to a 77-72 victory.
Consistent offense marches King past PfeifferMISENHEIMER, N.C. – The King University women's basketball team squared off against Pfeiffer University in a Conference Carolinas match-up. A dynamic offense won every quarter in route to a 77-47 victory. Whitney Mitchell led the offense with 20 points and Kori West had nine with seven rebounds.
Career-highs fall as King defeats ConverseBRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University women’s basketball team rebounded from a loss over the weekend with a resounding victory on Tuesday night in the Student Center Complex. The Tornado place five scores in double figures and three career-highs fell in the 87-64 victory over Converse College.
King falls to EmmanuelFRANKLIN SPRINGS, Ga. - The King University women's basketball team faced off against Emmanuel College on Saturday afternoon. A tied game at the half 31-31, the Tornado could not muster enough offense in the second half, falling 77-65.
King runs past SWU for fifth straight winBRISTOL, 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.
Albertson's career day leads King past North GreenvilleTIGERVILLE, S.C. – The King University women’s basketball team squared off against North Greenville University on Saturday afternoon. A strong first half by the Tornado and a career-high performance by Ashley Albertson led King to victory 80-65.
Offense stays hot as King downs BartonWILSON, N.C. – The King University women’s basketball team continued their hot play on the offensive end of the floor on Wednesday night at Barton College. The Tornado posted their best shooting game of the season and had five scorers in double figures as they defeated the Bulldogs 94-60.
Balanced attack leads King past PfeifferBRISTOL, Tenn. – Following a record performance on Friday night, the King University women’s basketball team showed a balanced attack in another Conference Carolinas victory on Saturday afternoon. The Tornado pulled away from Pfeiffer University in the second quarter, eventually taking the contest 81-46.
Eight score in double figures in Tornado win over Belmont AbbeyBRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University women’s basketball team may have turned in their best performance of the season on Friday night when they defeated Belmont Abbey College 107-63. The Tornado eclipsed 100 points for the first time in three season and had eight scorers in double figures in the Conference Carolinas victory.
Limestone hands King first league defeatGAFFNEY, S.C. – The King University women’s basketball team got off to a solid start at Conference Carolinas perennial power Limestone College. However, the Saints answered with a 26-0 run to take control of the contest en route to the 79-53 victory, handing King their first conference defeat of the season.
King falls at Elon in exhibitionELON, N.C. – The King University women’s basketball team returned to action with an exhibition at Elon University on Wednesday night. The Phoenix used a big second half to take the contest 93-47.
King can't overcome quick Columbus State startCOLUMBUS, Ga. – The King University women's basketball team played their final game before the semester break at Columbus State University on Wednesday night. The Cougars got off to a hot start and didn't slow down, taking the contest 66-42.
Solid performance moves King to 4-0 in league playCENTRAL S.C. – The King University women’s basketball team used a solid performance to move to 4-0 in Conference Carolinas play with a victory at Southern Wesleyan University on Saturday afternoon. The Tornado built a sizable halftime advantage and closed the 74-57 win on an 8-0 run.
Tornado hold off UVa-Wise for nonconference victoryBRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University women’s basketball team squared off with nonconference foe UVa-Wise and took a hard fought victory from the Cavaliers. King gained separation in the third quarter, outscoring UVa-Wise by four points, eventually taking the contest 60-56.
Mitchell tabbed TSWA Player of the WeekBRISTOL, Tenn. – King University’s Whitney Mitchell garnered Tennessee Sports Writer’s Association Women’s Basketball Player of the Week honors on Wednesday, averaging 23.5 points and 5.0 assists per game in a pair of victories last week for the Tornado.
Mitchell's big week leads to conference weekly awardBRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University women’s basketball team won a pair of Conference Carolinas contests last week behind guard Whitney Mitchell, and the league recognized Mitchell’s performance on Monday. Mitchell scored at least 20 points in each contest and was selected Conference Carolinas Player of the Week for the first time this season.
Tornado hang on to top BartonBRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University women’s basketball team returned home on Saturday night and earned a tough 69-67 Conference Carolinas victory over Barton College. The Tornado gained the lead early and had to fight off a late Bulldog run to move to 3-0 on conference play.
Mitchell leads King past ErskineDUE WEST, S.C. – The King University women’s basketball team got off to a slow start at Erskine College on Tuesday night, but the Tornado came back to close the first quarter and start the second. King extended their lead in the third quarter and held it there behind their best shooting output of the season to take the contest 88-74.
Tornado come back to win conference openerBRISTOL, Tenn. – Following a pair of road games last week, the King University women’s basketball team returned to the friendly confines of the Student Center Complex to open Conference Carolinas play in a see-saw affair with North Greenville University. The Crusaders closed the first half on a run to take an 11 point lead, but the Tornado came back to start the second half and pulled away late, taking the contest 76-69.
Tornado visit Niswonger Children's HospitalBRISTOL, Tenn. – Heading into Thanksgiving this week, the King University women’s basketball team was giving back to the community at the Niswonger Children’s Hospital. The student-athletes and coaches visited with the children and their families, as well as handed out stuffed animals, coloring books and t-shirts.
King drops nonconference tilt at Lincoln MemorialHARROGATE, Tenn. – The King University women’s basketball team took to the road to face regional rival Lincoln Memorial University on Saturday, and the home-standing Railsplitters took control of the contest early. Lincoln Memorial used a 10-0 run in the first quarter to take the advantage and didn’t look back, taking the contest 90-71.