WINGATE, N.C. - King College battled at Wingate (N.C.) University through two overtimes Saturday, but Wingate outscored the Lady Tornado 15-7 in the second extra period as the final score was in favor of Wingate 106-98.
Six Lady Tornado players scored in double-digits, led by Derika Mooney (Athens, Tenn.) with 17. She also had seven assists, seven steals and eight rebounds.
Ashley Deans (Greeneville, Tenn.) finished with 16 points, four assists and three rebounds. Brooke Johnson (Roan Mountain, Tenn.) and Jessica Tharpe (Sevierville, Tenn.) both poured in 15 points each. A dozen of Tharpe's points were from behind the 3-point line and Johnson had six rebounds.
Jana Gross (Dayton, Ohio) knocked down three 3-pointers in route to 11 points off the bench. Brianna Kelley (Greeneville, Tenn.) chipped in a dozen points. Kalen Collins (Wise, Va.) almost made it seven players in double-digits, but she finished with nine points. Collins also had 10 rebounds.
The 98 points are a season high for King, 23 more than the Lady Tornado scored in the previous season best posted on Nov. 13 against Mars Hill (N.C.) College. The last time King scored at least 95 points in a game came against Knoxville (Tenn.) College, a 111-point effort on Nov. 20, 2006.
King went to 2-12 after the game while Wingate owns a 5-3 mark.
The Lady Tornado finished the game 34-for-73 (46.6 percent). Included was 16 three pointers in 30 attempts (53.3 percent). King was 14-for-17 (82.4 percent) at the free throw line. On the other side Wingate was 35-for-43 (81.4 percent) at the free throw line. The home team was 33-for-67 (49.3 percent) overall and 5-for-11 (45.5 percent) from behind the three-point line.
In all King was called for 33 fouls, 13 more than Wingate, which led to the 26 more free throw attempts by Wingate. The Lady Tornado played eight players in the game, three eventually fouled out and three more had four fouls. The 33 fouls are 11 more than the previous season high of 22 which was at Lincoln Memorial (Tenn.) University.
Wingate was led by Kurie Washington with her 30 points. Sarah Wollett posted a career-high 21 points. Janitsha Williams had 12 points, while Tiffany Brown contributed 11 points.
A triple from Wollett gave the 'Dogs a 10-point lead nine minutes into the game. The Lady Tornado battled back, getting a three from Tharpe and a jumper from junior forward Collins to make it 24-22 at the 9:06 mark. Wingate answered with an 11-0 run to push the lead to 13. Washington hit a pair of free throws and a three in the flurry, while freshman forward Chantal Dunbar capped it with a jumper and a lay-up to make it 35-22 with 5:38 to go in the half. A three-point play from Tharpe sliced the margin to six with a minute remaining, but Wollett drained a jumper with 45 seconds to go to give the Bulldogs a 44-36 lead at halftime.
Rutledge hit two free throws to give Wingate a 55-40 advantage four minutes into the second half. A pair of free throws and a three-point play from Washington gave the 'Dogs a 62-48 edge seven minutes into the second half. King cut into the lead, getting a lay-up from Collins and jumper from junior guard Gross to make it 67-60 at the 9:25 mark. Williams knocked down a jumper to push the lead to eight with 7:52 remaining, but threes from Kelley and Mooney quickly cut Wingate's lead to two with 6:42 to go. A pair of Mooney free throws tied the game 73-73 at the 5:27 mark.
A pair of free throws from Brown, followed by a jumper from Brown, put the Bulldogs on top 83-78 with 2:30 remaining. King would score the next seven points, taking its first lead since leading 3-1 in the opening minute. Tharpe drained a three to start the spurt, while Deans tied it with a lay-up at the 1:26 mark. Deans followed with a lay-up with 31 seconds left to give the Tornado an 85-83 lead. The Bulldogs turned to Wollett, who knocked down a jumper from the paint with 16 seconds remaining to tie it and force the first overtime.
Two free throws each from Johnson and Deans gave the Tornado a four-point lead two minutes into overtime. Jumpers from Wollett and Washington tied the contest 89-89 at the 1:45 mark. King regained the lead on a jumper from Deans with 1:24 to go. Rutledge knocked down a free throw with 55 seconds remaining, while a free throw from freshman forward Shey Brown tied it with 10 seconds remaining. King had a chance for the win, but Johnson could not connect on a potential game-winning jumper at the buzzer, forcing a second overtime.
The Bulldogs came out on fire in the second overtime, scoring the first nine points. Washington hit a fast break lay-up four seconds into the period to give Wingate the lead for good. A triple and a lay-up from Wollett gave the 'Dogs a 100-91 lead. A three from Gross cut the lead to six with 26 seconds to go, but Rutledge knocked down a pair of free throws to push the advantage back to eight.
King starts 2011 with a 6 p.m. contest on Jan. 3 with Brevard (N.C.) College in Bristol.
Selected information provided by Wingate Sports Information