BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University women's basketball team took the court for the second time in just over 24 hours. In another Conference Carolinas contest against Barton College, Chelsea Bowling and Amy Van Deventer's career days helped lead King to another win, defeating the Bulldogs 66-54.
After playing a game just over 24 hours prior to tip off, the Tornado squared up against Barton. The Bulldogs got on the board first but King (8-4, 3-3 CC) was quick to answer when Van Deventer, who had her first career double-double, hit three free throws to give King the early 3-2 lead. Shortly after, Chelsea Bowling hit her first of seven three pointers in the game. The scoring continued for King and at the under ten minute timeout, King led Barton 15-11.
Coming out of the timeout, Barton (3-9, 2-3 CC) went on a little run of their own, leading 20-15 with under 5 minutes remaining in the first half. The Bulldogs scored twice more to lengthen their lead to nine points before Brittany Stringer drained a three pointer. Tia Keitt converted a layup and Bowling hit another three pointer to bring the score to 26-25 in favor of Barton. Bowling hit from three point range again with less than 2 minutes on the clock to give the Tornado a 28-27 advantage. Whitney Mitchell sunk two free throws to give King a 30-28 lead going into the half.
To start the second half, the Tornado came out strong, enforcing what head coach Josh Thompson said to them at intermission. Mitchell put down a layup before Bowling hit another three, giving King a 35-28 lead. Jalan Harper and Mitchell strengthened the King lead to 15 with 13 minutes remaining in the contest, 48-33.
Arnelle Collins added another basket giving King an even greater lead. The Tornado lead would stay the same until the four minute mark when Barton looked to make a comeback. After knocking down a couple shots in a row, the King lead was narrowed to nine points with just over a minute on the clock. Time would eventually run out and King won their second game in as many days, 66-54.
Bowling went 7-for-9 from the three point line, a new career high for three point field goals made in a game, scoring 23 in the game, also a new career high. Van Deventer added 13 points and 11 rebounds in the contest, both career highs. Harper added 11 rebounds. The Tornado shot 41.8 percent from the field and held the Bulldogs to 32.3. King outrebounded Barton 46-38.
The Tornado will be back in action on Wednesday, January 7 when they will travel to Due West, S.C. to take on Erskine College at 5:30 pm in another Conference Carolinas matchup.