November 12, 2011

Lady Tornado Suffer Opening Day Loss to LMU

HARROGATE, Tenn. – Three Lady Tornado players hit double digits in the scoring column and the team shot lights out from the outside in their season opener on Saturday afternoon. After taking a one-point game into the half in Turner Arena, Lincoln Memorial opened up with 50 second-half points to deliver King an 82-69 loss.

 

Kelly Jackson (Lynchburg, Va.) and Mikki Oliver (Hampton, Tenn.) each finished the night with a team-high 15 points. Jackson finished 4-for-6 (.667) from beyond the arc and was perfect from both the field and from distance in the second half. The sophomore went 4-for-4 from the field and 3-for-3 from three point land on the other side of the half.

King (0-1) shot 41.8 percent (23-for-55) overall for the game and a remarkable 60 percent (15-for-25) beyond the arc. The difference in the game came when Lincoln Memorial upped the pressure inside and converted on some of King's eight turnovers in the second half. The Railsplitters ended with 52 points in the paint, 32 coming in the second half. Six-foot, five-inch center Lauren Cochran (LMU) was responsible for 23 points in the game, with 13 coming late. Dayshalee Salaman led all scorers with 27 points overall and 16 in the second.

The Lady Tornado battled the Splitters to a 32-31 first half score, trailing by one at the whistle. King never trailed by more than three points at any time against LMU, that point coming near the six-minute mark when they trailed 28-25. They led the Splitters by as many as five points early on, fueled by three straight makes and two for three-pointers. Jana Gross (Dayton, Ohio) paced the Tornado with three three-point makes for her nine first half points.

The tide began to turn against King after the turn of the eight-minute mark of the second half. With 11:44 remaining, Salaman hit a layup that began a 9-0 run for LMU and began the separation. The Lady Tornado went the next seven minutes of the game having been outscored 34-15 before scoring the final four points of the game.

Alley Sprouse (Newport, Tenn.) earned the start in her collegiate debut, scoring two points and leading the team with nine rebounds. Brittany Fields (Blountville, Tenn.) hit three of her four three-point attempts, ending the night with nine points and two boards.

King will rebound in their next of five away games against another set of Tornadoes from Brevard College. The two will face off on Nov. 16 in Brevard, N.C. at 6:00 p.m. in non-conference action.