King scores 84 in victory over Salem International

BRISTOL, Tenn. - The King College women's basketball team did not have any issues Saturday in an 84-23 win over Salem International (W.Va.) University with a game-high 26 points from Ashley Deans.

Deans, a senior from Greeneville, Tenn., finished 9-for-13 from the field with two three pointers and a 6-for-6 game at the free throw line. She was a rebound away from a double-double.

Jessica Tharpe (Sevierville, Tenn.) chipped in 11 points and grabbed seven rebounds.

King put nine players into the game and all nine scored with at least one assists with at least five rebounds apiece which led to 64 to tie the program record for most in a single game. Seven of the nine King players had at least one of the team's 13 steals.

Derika Mooney (Athens, Tenn.), Te'Mere Williams (Fayetteville, N.C.), Mikki Oliver (Hampton, Tenn.) and Kalen Collins (Wise, Va.) all scored nine points each.

The 84 points are the most King has scored in regulation this season and nine more than the previous season high for a home game. The stringency Lady Tornado defense allowed the fewest points since Knoxville College scored 10 on Nov. 11, 2006. The previous season low for points by an opponent was 48 at nearby Virginia Intermont College.

The Lady Tornado improved to 5-5 inside the Student Center this season after the game and the team went to 7-15 overall.

For the game King was 32-for-73 (43.8 percent) from the field with nine 3-pointers. The Lady Tornado went 11-for-13 at the free throw line.

The Lady Tornado defense held Salem International to a 7-for-49 (14.3 percent) effort with one 3-pointer. Eight of Salem International's points were at the free throw line.

King forced 21 turnovers which led to 18 points. The Lady Tornado's 24 offensive rebounds helped add 21 second-chance points and King won the bench scoring 20-0. The Lady Tornado dished out a season-high 25 assists led by Mooney and Williams with five apiece.

The home team jumped out to a 13-0 lead before Salem International's first basket, a three from Shelby Howell, came 5:45 into the game. The margin grew to 20, 29-9, with 6:15 left in the half. After the first half, King enjoyed a 43-14 lead.

The second half started like the first with King going on a 16-4 run in the first 7:30 with all four of Salem International's points coming at the free throw line. In the final half King had 15 baskets compared to two for the visitors.

Salem International, at 0-21, got eight points from Treshaun Robertson.

The Lady Tornado closes out a three-game homestand Tuesday when North Greenville (S.C.) University visits for a 6 p.m. contest. King will look to even the season series after losing a 58-56 contest in Tigerville on Jan. 19.