Tornado defeat Mount Olive behind strong first half

Tornado defeat Mount Olive behind strong first half

BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University women's basketball team took the court and continued their season for the first time in the new year against Conference Carolinas opponent the University of Mount Olive. A strong first half from the Tornado delivered King their seventh win of the season in a key conference match behind 19 points from Arnelle Collins.

King (7-4, 2-3 CC) opened the scoring up less than a minute into the game when Jalan Harper hit a three of a pass from Amy Van Deventer. The Tornado kept the scoring going and at the first media timeout, King led Mount Olive 13-6. Whitney Mitchell hit a free throw before the Trojans went on a five to zero run, making the score 14-11. Chelsea Bowling ended the run by nailing a three pointer followed by a Van Deventer layup. With under 10 minutes remaining in the first half, King led Mount Olive 24-13.

Bowling nailed another three with just over eight minutes to go in the half to give King an 11 point advantage. Collins hit again, lengthening the lead to 13 before Mount Olive hit two jumpers cutting the Tornado lead back to 9. King would stay hot, bringing the lead to 20 on a Collins layup, Whitney Mitchel layup and a Brittany Stringer three pointer. At the half, King led Mount Olive 49-32, shooting 47.2 percent from the field.

To open the second half, the Tornado kept the score where the first half finished on baskets from Harper and Mitchell. At the 15 minute mark, Collins opened the King lead to 23 after making a layup. Mount Olive (3-8, 1-4 CC) would attempt to stay in the game but King continued to hit shots. With 12 minutes remaining in regulation, King led 64-43. The hot shooting would run out for King and the Trojans would cut into the lead. With six minutes remaining, the Tornado lead had shrunk to 15 points, 66-51. Mount Olive would continue to pressure and brought the game to within nine but time would eventually run out giving King their second Conference Carolinas win.

The Tornado shot 38.5 percent from the field and held Mount Olive to 26.7. King outrebounded the Trojans 50-45 and forced 15 turnovers. The Tornado will be back in action on Sunday, January 4 at 4:00 pm when they host Barton College. 

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