King wins over Washington Adventist, 82-53

WASHINGTON, D.C. - King College posted an 82-53 win over Washington Adventist Sunday to wrap up the University of District of Columbia New Year's Classic.

Ashley Deans (Greeneville, Tenn.) posted a game-best 19 points. The senior was 9-for-10 at the free throw line and 5-for-10 from the field. The nine made free throws and 10 attempts are both season highs for the team. She also pulled down a game-best seven rebounds along with three steals.

Brittany Kinser (Greeneville, Tenn.) chipped in 14 points from the bench. She was 6-for-8 with a three pointer for a season best. Her 75.0 field goal percentage marks a season high for any King player in a game in 2010-11. The six baskets were more than her previous season high in points of five. Her scoring helped King to a 37-19 advantage of bench points.

Brooke Johnson (Roan Mountain, Tenn.) finished with 11 points, five rebounds, four assists and three steals in the game.

The Lady Tornado, now at 4-13 on the season, scored the first eight points of the game. The first Washington Adventist basket came 4:17 into the game as King enjoyed an 11-4 lead at that point as the foe made two free throws earlier.

Johnson put King up 21-11 at the mid point of the half. Washington Adventist quickly got within seven, 23-16. The Lady Tornado answered with six straight points to once again make the difference double-digit.

Derika Mooney (Athens, Tenn.) used a jumper with 3:06 left in the opening half to put King up by 21, 39-18. The Lady Tornado scored the next five points to close out the half with a 44-18 lead. Overall King ended the half on a 15-0 run in the last six minutes.

The closest margin in the second half was 24 in the early moments as King led by at least 30 for a majority the rest of the way.

The 82 points are the most in a King win this season, 14 more than the team scored in the last win on Monday against Brevard (N.C.) College. The Lady Tornado's season high overall was 98 points at Wingate (N.C.) University in December.

The Lady Tornado went 32-for-70 (45.7 percent) overall and 5-for-14 (35.7 percent) from beyond the three-point line. Along with Deans' 9-for-10 day at the free throw line, the rest of the team was 4-for-7.

King's defense held Washington Adventist to an 18-for-56 (32.1 percent) from the field. The 18 baskets are the fewest the Lady Tornado had allowed this season, as was the field goal percentage.

The Lady Tornado outrebounded the foe 45-35 and forced 22 turnovers which led to 24 points. King also played 11 players with 10 scoring and all 11 had at least one assist and a rebound.

The 29-point difference was the first time King beat someone by 25 or more since the Lady Tornado beat Virginia Intermont College 78-46 on Jan. 2, 2010. In the first three wins of the season for King, the combined margin of victory was 24.

Next on the schedule for King will be a trip to North Greenville (S.C.) University Thursday for a 5:30 p.m. contest.