December 12, 2013

Jackson's 14 points leads King past Pikeville

BRISTOL, Tenn. – Behind a 14-point performance from Kelly Jackson and Bonnie Durrett's sixth double-figure rebounding total of the season, the King University women's basketball team defeated the University of Pikeville 63-51 on Thursday night in the Student Center for a season sweep of the visiting Bears.

Jackson led all scorers with 14 points on 5-for-7 shooting from the field in 22 minutes of play, coming within a point of her season high of 15 points in the season-opening victory over Pikeville. Durrett added six points and 13 rebounds for the Tornado.

King (5-2) jumped out to a 10-2 lead in the first five minutes of the game and held Pikeville (3-6) scoreless over a 10-minute first-half span while pouring in 13 points to take a 25-8 lead. The Tornado would lead 33-15 lead at the intermission. Jackson poured in eight points in the first half to lead a Tornado squad that shot 54.2 percent from the field in the first 20 minutes of play while holding the Bears to just 5-for-36 shooting.

The second half saw the Bears make substantial offensive improvements, knocking down 13 shots from the field in the second stanza. The Tornado had led by as many as 19 points early in the second half only to see Pikeville answer with a 13-4 run to trim the lead to nine midway through the period. But King responded with a 13-4 run of its own over the next four minutes and held off the Bears for the final 63-51 margin.

Sophomore Brittany Stringer contributed a career-high nine points, making three of her four three-point attempts. The Tornado had three players with double-figure rebounding totals. Durrett's 13 led the team, while Alley Sprouse's 12 rebounds came within two of her career high. Freshman Sydney Harris set a career mark with 10 boards.

The Bears' Callisha Johnson was the only Pikeville player in double figures with 11 points. Courtney Haney added in nine rebounds. Pikeville scored 19 points off 24 Tornado turnovers, but the King bench outscored the Pikeville reserves 28-17.

King returns to action on Saturday evening as the Tornado will trek across the state line to face intra-Bristol foe Virginia Intermont College at 5:30 p.m. After a road contest at Tusculum College on Wednesday, the Tornado will return to the Student Center for the final game of the 2013 calendar year next Saturday for a 1:00 p.m. game with Mars Hill University.