King slides by Emmanuel in key conference contest

Photo credit: Ashlyn Zook
Photo credit: Ashlyn Zook

BRISTOL, Tenn. – Going for their ninth win in a row, the King University women's basketball team did exactly what they had planned against Emmanuel College. A first half lead delivered the Tornado their 13th win and eighth in Conference Carolinas behind the strong play of Tia Keitt and Arnelle Collins.

King (13-4, 8-3 CC) started the scoring off when Bonnie Durrett hit a jumper, shortly followed by an Amy Van Deventer two point basket bringing the score to 4-0 quickly into the game. Keitt would score her first points of the game to open the lead to 6-2. With just over 13 minutes remaining in the first half, Van Deventer gave King a six point advantage off an assist from Stephanie Brantley.

Neither team would score for about three minutes before Emmanuel cut the lead in half with a three point basket. The Lions would get their first lead of the game with just over seven minutes left in the half, 15-13. Keitt would tie the game up for King after knocking down two free throws. Alley Sprouse would give the Tornado their largest lead of the game by way of layup with two minutes remaining in the half, 25-15. Emmanuel would cut the lead down and going into the half, King led the Lions 26-20. The Tornado shot 29.4 percent in the first half and Emmanuel recorded a 27.6 field goal percentage.

To open the second half, the Lions came out looking to even the game when they hit a shot less than a minute in lessening the Tornado lead to four points. Van Deventer and Keitt helped King regain their lead, now leading by seven points. With 13 minutes remaining in regulation, Emmanuel cut the lead to three points and things started to pick up for both teams. At the under ten media timeout, King held on to a three point lead, 35-32.

Emmanuel (11-4, 7-4 CC) would hit immediately out of the timeout, bringing the Tornado lead to only one. Collins would hit two free throws to give King a three point advantage before Emmanuel gained the lead, 38-37. With five minutes remaining, Chelsea Bowling added a free throw to give King a lead of 42-38. King would hold the lead for the rest of the game and won their ninth straight game over Emmanuel, 50-47.

Leading the way for the Tornado was Keitt and Collins who both tallied 12 points. Collins also registered ten rebounds, earning herself a double-double. Brantley led the team in assists with two. The Lions were led by Alesia Fagin who posted 18 points. King shot 21.5 percent from the field and Emmanuel shot 31.0 percent. The Tornado had 26 points in the paint to Emmanuel's 18 however; the Lions had 30 bench points to King's 16.

King will be back in action next on Friday, January 23 when they travel to the University of Mount Olive in a Conference Carolinas contest at 5:30 pm.

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