Tornado fall to Carson-Newman 78-75

BRISTOL, Tenn. – In a back-and-forth affair that saw ten lead changes and nine ties, the King University women's basketball team fell short by a score of 78-75 to visiting Carson-Newman University.

Bonnie Durrett led the Tornado, notching her first double-double of the season with 15 points and 18 rebounds, doubling her total from Thursday's season-opening win at the University of Pikeville.

The Tornado led by as many as 12 points in the first half and held the lead for much of the second stanza before the Eagles were able to pull ahead with 6:51 remaining on a three point basket by Lacy Miller. With Carson-Newman leading 71-70 late in the game, Sydney Harris scored from downtown to make the score 73-71 Tornado with 1:31 to go. A pair of free throws by Durrett doubled the advantage, but Carson-Newman used two free throws and a three point basket by Taylor Burstrom to pull ahead with 22 seconds remaining. King was unable to knock down a shot on its next possession, and two more free throws by Carson-Newman made the final score 78-75.

Sydney Harris led King with 16 points and chipped in seven rebounds. Jalan Harper and Chelsea Bowling were also in double figured with 11 and 10 points, respectively, while Tia Keitt added four assists.

The Tornado shot 40.3 percent from the field for the game while Carson-Newman shot at a 38.9 percent clip. The Eagles outscored King in the paint 42-26 and scored 22 points off Tornado turnovers. Carson-Newman also held a large advantage on fast break points, outscoring the Tornado 13-2.

Both teams struggled to score in the early going, entering the first media timeout locked in a 5-5 tie. After leading 14-12 with 12:11 remaining, the Tornado went on a 14-6 run keyed by a Jalan Harper layup to take a 10-point lead. King would eventually take a 39-27 lead on a shot by Chelsea Bowling with 4:04 to go in the first half before Carson-Newman closed the half on an 8-0 run to make the halftime score 39-35.

Early in the second half, the Tornado used a 7-0 run over an 84-second span to turn a tie into a 51-44 advantage. But the Eagles answered with a 11-4 run of their own to again lock the game in a tie midway through the half, and neither team led by more than four points during the rest of the contest.

The Tornado will return to action on Thursday, November 21 as they host crosstown rival Virginia Intermont in the Student Center at 7:00 p.m.