FRANKLING SPRINGS, Ga. – The King University women's team got off to a slow start at Emmanuel College on Saturday afternoon and were never able to recover. The Tornado dropped a 68-54 Conference Carolinas decision to the Lions.
After Chelsea Bowling hit a pair of free throws, the Lions (15-6, 11-6 CC) scored the next six points to take the lead four minutes in. Bowling then hit a triple to end Emmanuel's run and pull King within one, but the Lions answered with seven straight points to open up a 13-5 advantage eight minutes in.
The Tornado deficit grew to as many as 13 before King (17-6, 12-5 CC) whittled away at the gap. Tia Keitt capped a 9-2 run that cut the Lion lead to 24-18 with a pair of free throws with four minutes remaining. Arnelle Collins then scored the final points of the frame with 2:15 left to make the halftime score 27-20 in favor of the Lions.
Emmanuel didn't waste any time extending their lead in the second half, scoring the frame's first 10 points, opening up a 37-20 lead one minute into the last stanza. King got their deficit down to 10 points before the Lions answered with an 8-0 run to take their largest lead of the game at 49-31 with 13 minutes remaining.
Brittany Stringer ended the spurt with her lone three-point basket of the game, and Bowling hit another to cut the Tornado deficit to 12. Whitney Mitchell later made a pair of free throws, and Jalan Harper capped what was a 13-0 run with a three-point basket, and the Tornado trailed 49-43 with eight minutes left.
However, Emmanuel scored the next six points to extend their lead back to 12. King got back within nine with three minutes remaining, but couldn't get any closer as Emmanuel took the contest 68-54.
The Tornado shot 29.0 percent from the floor and 24.0 percent from three while going 12-for-13 from the free throw line for a 92.3 percentage. On the other hand, Emmanuel shot 43.9 percent from the floor and 35.3 percent from long range. The Lions also held the edge on the glass, outrebounding King 45-32.
Keitt led King with 12 points while Bowling followed with 11 points and Harper chipped in with nine points and seven rebounds.
King returns on Wednesday when they host Erskine College in a key Conference Carolinas tilt. Tipoff from the Student Center Complex is slated for 5:30 p.m.