Balanced scoring leads King past Barton

Photo credit: Ashlyn Zook
Photo credit: Ashlyn Zook

WILSON, N.C. – Looking to bounce back from a two point loss against the University of Mount Olive, the King University women's basketball team took the court against Barton College on very short rest. In a game that was close for the first ten minutes of play eventually saw the Tornado storm away with it, resulting in a 25 point win behind three in double figures.

King (14-5, 9-4 CC) got on the board first when Amy Van Deventer converted on a layup followed by a Bonnie Durrett three-point basket, giving the Tornado a five point advantage right out of the gate. Barton would get a basket before Chelsea Bowling opened the lead to 8-2 after being fouled on a layup. Barton would cut the lead to three but King would open the lead up to 14 with just over seven minutes left in the first half on a Whitney Mitchell layup. The lead would grow a little more for King and going into the half, King led Barton 31-16.

The Tornado shot 42.4 percent from the field, 33.3 percent from three-point range. King held the Bulldogs to 25.0 percent from the field, 12.5 percent from the three point line. Barton pulled down 16 rebounds but King was able to pull down 25. Van Deventer went into the half as the team's leading scorer with eight and rebounds with nine.

To open the second half, King looked to put away the Bulldogs quickly. Tia Keitt added a free throw before Mitchell hit a jump shot giving King an 18 point advantage. Durrett would give King a 22 point lead with 17:30 remaining in regulation off a jump shot. Barton (8-11, 7-5 CC) would get some baskets, but King would not stop knocking down shots as Alley Sprouse converted on a layup, followed by a Keitt layup bringing the Tornado lead back to 18.

At the under 10 media timeout, King led Barton 53-25. Sprouse would strengthen the Tornado lead to 23 after knocking down a jump shot followed by a layup. Brittany Stringer gave King a 63-31 lead after hitting a jump shot with less than five minutes to play in the contest. Demisha Porter finished the scoring for King with under a minute to go and the Tornado saw themselves win a key Conference Carolinas affair 67-42.

King shot 47.4 percent from the field and held Barton to 29.1 percent. The Tornado posted 45 rebounds to the Bulldogs 29. King dominated down low scoring 44 of their 67 points from inside the paint. Bowling, Mitchell and Sprouse all recorded ten points while Van Deventer tallied 8. Van Deventer led the team in rebounds with 11 and Sprouse added 10 giving herself a double-double. Mitchell registered four assists to lead the Tornado in that category.

The Tornado will face off next against Pfeiffer University on January 28 at 5:30 pm in Bristol, Tenn. at the Student Center.

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