GREENEVILLE, Tenn. - The King College women's basketball team traveled to Tusculum (Tenn.) College and was defeated 74-43 Wednesday.
Tusculum, who received votes in the last USA Today/ESPN Division II Coaches Poll, opened the game with an 11-2 run in the first six minutes. The home team built a double-digit lead, 14-4, at the mid point of the half and Tusculum, now at 4-4 on the season went on to score another six points for the largest lead of the half at 16 with 7:55 showing on the clock.
King, with a 2-9 mark on the season, rallied to make it a nine-point game twice in the final minutes of the first half. Tusculum hit a three on the last possession to make the halftime score 30-18. The 18 points are the fewest by King in a half this season, one less than the 19 in the first half at Carson-Newman (Tenn.) College.
Tusculum came out and started the second half with six straight points before Ashley Deans (Greeneville, Tenn.) scored her first two points of the game with 18:16 to go.
The margin grew to as many as 23 as King would not get within 19 points in the final 6:59.
Deans went onto lead King with 11 points and seven rebounds. She also had the only free throw for King. The next leading scorer for the Lady Tornado was Cheyenne Thornsberry (Bristol, Tenn.) with eight. Brooke Johnson (Roan Mountain, Tenn.) had a team-best four assists.
Tusculum saw Kendal Baxter score a dozen points off the bench. Linda Aughburns, Staci Hicks and Jasmine Gunn all scored 10 apiece. Gunn dished out six assists.
The Lady Tornado collected 33 rebounds, but Tusculum had 45. King was charged with 20 turnovers and forced 12 by the Lady Pioneers.
When it came to shooting, King was 20-for-60 (33.3 percent) overall with two 3-pointers. Tusculum was 30-for-65 (46.2 percent) from the field with five made 3-pointers.
King was handed a 64-46 defeat by Tusculum in Bristol earlier in the season on Nov. 29. The 43 points ties the season low for King.
Next on the schedule will be the final home game of the 2010 portion of the schedule on Saturday when King welcomes Carson-Newman for a 4 p.m. contest. Carson-Newman won the first meeting of the 2010-11 season between the two 79-46 on Nov. 16 in Jefferson City.