BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University women's basketball team eclipsed 80 points for the first time since the 2013-14 season when Southern Wesleyan University came to town. Four scorers in double-figures helped the Tornado defeat the Warriors 83-57, coming one game closer to a 20 win season.
Southern Wesleyan (6-16, 4-15 CC) was quick to start, tallying the first five points of the game before Chelsea Bowling hit a triple to put King on the board. Bonnie Durrett would score her first points of the game giving King a 6-5 lead with under 17 minutes remaining in the contest. At the under 15 media timeout, the game was all tied up at 10-10. Coming out of the timeout, Southern Wesleyan would knock down a three point basket but Bowling would follow that with a three of her own.
Bowling would give King (19-6, 14-5) a six point advantage after being fouled on a made layup, adding the additional free throw. Bowling would hit from three point range again to give King a seven point advantage at 26-19. The Warriors would quickly cut the lead to two points but Amy Van Deventer would give King a seven point advantage again with under four minutes to go in the first half. Whitney Mitchell would give King a 10 point advantage with under a minute to go and going into the half, King led Southern Wesleyan 37-27. As a team, King shot 44.1 percent from the field and held Southern Wesleyan to 36.7 percent. Bowling posted 12 points to lead the Tornado at the half.
Durrett would hit from three immediately into the second half, to open the Tornado lead to 40-27. A Jalan Harper three point basket would give King a 14 point advantage with under 18 minutes to go in regulation. The lead would grow to 17 points when Durrett would hit from three again. Harper would hit on a layup and again from three point range to give King a 68-34 advantage with 11 minutes remaining in the contest.
At the under 10 media timeout, King led Southern Wesleyan 70-38. The Tornado lead would hover from 32 to 34 points until about three minutes remaining when Southern Wesleyan would get it to 29. The lead would get down to 24 but a basket in the final minute from Arnelle Collins would give King a 83-57 win over the Warriors.
The Tornado shot 50.0 percent from the field and held Southern Wesleyan to 38.7 percent shooting. King posted 36 points in the paint to the Warriors 20. King was led by Bowling who posted 18 points to lead four scorers in double figures for King.
King will be back in action next on Wednesday, February 18 when they host #4 Limestone College at 5:30 pm.