SALEM, W.VA. – The King University women's basketball team played their final game before the Thanksgiving break at Salem International University. The Tornado didn't get off to a great start, but the rebounded to come back and take the 84-71 road victory.
The first half went back-and-forth as Salem International (1-2) scored the first five points only to see King answer with five straight to even the score. After the game was tied at 8-8, the Tornado (1-2) scored 10 of the next 12 points. Whitney Mitchell and Tia Keitt hit a pair of free throws each before Stephany Brantley drilled a three-point basket. Kelly Jackson capped the 8-0 spurt with a jumper to give King an 18-10 lead almost halfway through the first frame.
However, the Tigers came back to even the score at 25, and took a 33-27 lead before Bonnie Durrett and Chelsea Bowling connected on back-to-back three-point shots to even the score. King then stretched their lead back to six points at 41-35 following a Reazyn DeMoss layup with just under two minutes remaining in the first half. After the Tigers scored six straight points, Brittany Stringer gave King a 44-41 lead at halftime when she drilled a three-point basket with 18 seconds left in the frame.
King shot 38.2 percent from the floor, including 37.5 percent from three-point range while the Tigers shot 47.1 percent from the floor and 42.9 percent from long range.
After the Tigers scored the first four points of the second half, Durrett made another three-point basket to give the lead back to King at 47-45 two minutes into the second half. The Tornado held a slim 56-55 lead before Bowling sparked a King run with a layup. Sydney Harris followed with an offensive rebound and layup and got fouled. She converted the three-point play before making another layup to give King a 62-55 lead with just under 12 minutes left.
Jalan Harper stretched the lead to 67-58 when she converted a three-point play, and Alley Sprouse made a jumper with 7:31 remaining to push the lead back to nine. Jackson stretched the lead to double figures at 74-62 when she drilled a triple with 5:26 left. With just over a minute remaining, Bowling gave King their largest lead of the game at 84-69 with another three-point basket as the Tornado went on to take the game 84-71.
Durrett lead King with her third double-double of the season with team-highs of 20 points and 17 rebounds. Harris accounted for 17 points while Keitt dished out six assists.
King will be in action again on December 4 when the open Conference Carolinas play at Erskine College. Tipoff from Due West, S.C., is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.