King wins at NCCAA Nationals over Trinity International, 75-73

WINONA LAKE, Ind. - King College held on for a 75-73 win at the NCCAA Division I Women's Basketball National Tournament in the seventh-place game over Trinity International (Ill.) University Saturday.

King's 2010-11 season comes to an end at 14-18 after the return trip to the NCCAA Nationals. The Lady Tornado finished seventh with a 1-2 record at the event, matching the record from the 2010 event, but in fifth.

Trinity International closed the season at 18-17 and took eighth for a second-straight trip to the NCCAA Nationals which was in 2009.

The Lady Tornado did not score a field goal in the final 4:35 after Brittany Kinser (Greeneville, Tenn.) put King in front 73-63 with her second three-pointer of the game. The final two points for King, the event's No. 8 seed, were from Jana Gross (Dayton, Ohio) at the free throw line with 1:47 to go. Kinser totaled 12 points off the bench.

In all King made eight field goals in the second half, but the team was 15-for-18 at the free throw line.

Jessica Tharpe (Sevierville, Tenn.) shot King to a 9-0 lead thanks to three 3-pointers in the first 91 seconds. Trinity International got seven points from Cassie Glendenning as part of a 9-0 run to tie the contest.

Back-to-back buckets from Ashley Deans (Greeneville, Tenn.) put King in front for good.

Deans went onto finish with 18 points and 11 rebounds, her third double-double of the season thanks to tying her season high in rebounds. She was 8-for-13 in her last collegiate game.

The Lady Tornado had a 41-30 lead at halftime after Kinser scored the final two points of the half.

A basket in the paint by Deans with 8:04 on the clock put King in front 67-48, the largest lead of the game.

After Deans' final field goal, the Lady Tornado only had the Kinser long-range shot and five free throws. Trinity International answered with 25 points in the final eight minutes.

Melanie Duplessis totaled 36 points for Trinity International .

Trinity International had three more baskets, 27-24, but King sunk nine 3-pointers compared to just two on the other side. At the line King made one more free throw, 18-17.

The game featured 53 turnovers, 28 by King and the rest for Trinity International.