JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn. – Playing their first game in more than a week, the King University women's basketball team traveled to take on regional rival Carson-Newman University. The Tornado stayed close to the Eagles in the first half, but Carson-Newman used a run over the end of the first half and beginning of the second half to put the game out of reach. The Tornado tried to comeback, but Carson-Newman held on for the 61-48 victory.
Both teams got off to slow starts offensively, and Chelsea Bowling gave King an early 3-2 lead with a triple nearly three minutes in. Only a few minutes later, King (4-4) used a 5-0 run, capped by a Brittany Stringer triple to take a 10-9 lead.
However, the Eagles (9-0) answered with a three-point bucket on the next trip to regain the lead. Carson-Newman stretched their lead to 16-10 before back-to-back buckets by Amy Van Deventer and Alley Sprouse brought King back within two with eight minutes left in the half.
The Tornado tried to comeback, and they got within 23-21 following another Sprouse bucket with one minute left, but the Eagles answered with a triple before hitting a pair of free throws with five seconds left to take a 28-21 lead at halftime.
The Carson-Newman momentum spilled over into the second half as the scored the first 13 points of the frame, making their run 18-0 in total, giving the Eagles a 41-21 lead with 12 minutes remaining. The Eagle lead grew to 22 points twice before the Tornado made a run.
Chelsea Bowling drilled a triple, and converted a pair of free throws to pull King within 15 with just more than four minutes remaining. Stringer then answered an Eagle triple with a three-point basket to bring the deficit back to 15. Jalan Harper followed with a bucket, and Arnelle Collins connected on a three-point bucket to make the score 57-45 with 1:24 remaining. With one minute remaining, Tia Keitt converted an old fashioned three-point play, cutting the King deficit to just 11, however, the Tornado couldn't get any closer as the Eagles took the contest 61-48.
Bowling led King on the offensive end with 14 points while Stringer and Collins followed with seven points apiece. Van Deventer grabbed a game-high eight rebounds and Sprouse accumulated four blocks.
King will be in action again on Wednesday when they travel to take on Lincoln Memorial University. Tipoff from Harrogate is slated for 7:00 p.m.