Deans scores 20, King defeated by District of Columbia 70-57

BRISTOL, Tenn. - The King College women's basketball team was near perfect at the free throw line Thursday, but it was not enough as the Lady Tornado lost a 70-57 home contest against the University of the District of Columbia.

King went 23-for-24 (95.8 percent) at the line as the team was one away from the season high in made free throws. It was the team's highest percentage with at least 20 attempts this season.

Ashley Deans (Greeneville, Tenn.) led all scorers with 20 points. She was 6-for-17 overall and 8-for-8 at the line. It was the second time this season she had an 8-for-8 effort at the free throw line. She also had seven rebounds.

Derika Mooney (Athens, Tenn.) chipped in a dozen points and grabbed eight rebounds. Nine of Mooney's points were at the free throw line. Kalen Collins (Wise, Va.) added 10 points and six rebounds.

The visiting Firebirds got 16 points from Niqky Hughes. Lillian McGill contributed 14 points and 13 rebounds. Jamilia Bonner also scored 14 points while Dohnay Banice had 10 rebounds. Jasmine Rich dished out nine assists.

The Lady Tornado, now at 6-15 on the season, trailed 36-30 at halftime. King had the lead two times in the first half, both by a point. The first came on a Brooke Johnson (Roan Mountain, Tenn.) three pointer just over four minutes into the game as the scored was 7-6. The next Lady Tornado advantage was 20-19 thanks to a free throw by Mooney. Eventually King went to halftime down 36-30.

After the District of Columbia opened a 10 point lead, 46-36, King scored the next nine points. The visitors answered with five straight points. The Lady Tornado had to rally after not scoring a field goal for the first 5:30 of the second half.

District of Columbia, with a 13-7 record, built the lead to 62-51 with 6:34 left and the margin never got under double-digits the rest of the game.

In the game King was 15-for-58 (25.9 percent) from the field which was a season low in field goals made. Four of the baskets were three pointers.

District of Columbia was 29-for-64 (45.3 percent) overall with eight 3-pointers. The visitors did not miss a free throw in four attempts.

King saw the rebound category go to District of Columbia by a 42-36 margin. The District of Columbia bench posted 32 points, compared to six for the Lady Tornado.

Next for King will be a Saturday contest with Salem International (W.Va.) University scheduled for 4 p.m. inside the Student Center. The Lady Tornado defeated Salem International 62-48 on Jan. 15.