BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University women's basketball team was back in action when they played host to North Greenville University, a rare Conference Carolinas matchup this early on in the season. After a slow start, the Tornado was never able to gain enough momentum, falling to the Crusaders 78-68.
Looking to begin the season 3-0 and start their conference games off with a win, the Tornado took the court against North Greenville (1-2). King started slow allowing the Crusaders to tally the first seven points of the game before Whitney Mitchell got the Tornado on the board. North Greenville would continue to score and opened their lead to 20-7 with 12 minutes left to play in the in the first half. With about five minutes remaining, King made a run of their own, narrowing the lead to five off two Bonnie Durrett free throws. Chelsea Bowling hit two more free throws keeping the Tornado within three. The Crusaders would continue to answer and ended the half on a seven to zero run. At the half, King trailed North Greenville 38-30.
To open the second half, King (2-1) could not get anything going as North Greenville opened their lead to 14, just three minutes into the second period. The Tornado would bring it back down to ten after layups by Mitchell and Tia Keitt. The Crusaders came right back scoring baskets of their own opening their lead to 15. Amy Van Deventer brought the deficit back to nine when she converted a layup with 9 minutes remaining in regulation. North Greenville then went on a 10-3 run opening their lead to 16 with 5:25 left on the clock. The Tornado would score the next seven points bringing the Crusader lead back to nine but it would not be enough as the Tornado fell to North Greenville 78-68.
Keitt led the Tornado in scoring with 22 points. Durrett posted her third double-double in as many games after recording 11 points and 12 rebounds. King shot 35.8 percent from the field while North Greenville shot 46.4 percent.
The Tornado will be back in action when they host Salem International University on Friday in the Student Center at 7:00 pm.