Lady Tornado handed home defeat by C-N, 64-50

BRISTOL, Tenn. - King College could not overcome a second half rally by Carson-Newman (Tenn.) College as the Lady Tornado lost a 64-50 contest at home Saturday.

King, with a 2-10 record after the game, enjoyed a 25-19 halftime lead and then scored the first two points of the second half. However, with the game tied at 29 and 12:07 showing on the clock, Carson-Newman scored the next 15 points in a 2:30 span, including 11 in the first minute of the run.

Derika Mooney (Athens, Tenn.) led all scorers with 16 points. Brooke Johnson (Roan Mountain, Tenn.) had 11 points with a 10-point effort from Kalen Collins (Wise, Va.). Collins also pulled down seven rebounds.

Candis Clear paced Carson-Newman with 13 points. Zoriah Williams notched a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Mandy Mendenhall also had a dozen points and Katlin Moore finished with 10 points and six assists.

As a team King went 17-for-53 (32.1 percent) with just two 3-pointers in the game, both in the first half. The Lady Tornado was 14-for-17 (82.4 percent) at the free-throw line.

Carson-Newman improved on a 6-for-27 shooting performance in the first half by going 14-for-28 (50.0 percent) in the final 20 minutes. The visitors also knocked down five 3-pointers in the final half compared to one in the opening half. The Lady Eagles were 18-for-21 (85.7 percent) as a team at the free throw line.

The rebounding battle went to Carson-Newman 39-35 and both teams grabbed 16 offensive rebounds. Carson-Newman used the second chances for 14 points while King just got nine second-chance points.

Both teams committed 18 turnovers apiece and Carson-Newman had one more assist, 13-12.

The Lady Eagles got 19 points off the bench while the King reserves could only score four.

King started the game in an offensive slump as Carson-Newman had an 8-2 lead 6:31 into the game. The Lady Tornado trailed by nine as the score showed 13-9 with 11:08 on the clock, but King railed to take a 16-15 lead four minutes later thanks to a Johnson basket. She scored five straight points for King go turn a 15-12 deficit into a 17-15 lead.

The game was tied twice in the next 72 seconds, but Collins put King up for good in the half with her two points with 3:38 before halftime as the scoreboard showed 21-19 at that point. Carson-Newman went the final 5:54 without a field goal in the opening half.

Carson-Newman, now at 4-5, won the first meeting between the two on Nov. 16 in Jefferson City 79-46.

King will travel to Mars Hill (N.C.) College for a Thursday contest with a scheduled start of 6 p.m.