BELMONT, N.C. – The King University women's basketball team wasted no time lighting up the scoreboard on Wednesday afternoon at Belmont Abbey College as they moved to 4-0 in Conference Carolinas play. The Tornado scored the first 15 points of the game and didn't look back behind a career-high 24 points from Brittany Stringer to take the 84-61 victory.
FINAL SCORE: King 84, Belmont Abbey 61
LOCATION: Wheeler Center, Belmont, N.C.
RECORDS: King 5-4, 4-0 Conference Carolinas, Belmont Abbey 3-5, 2-1 Conference Carolinas
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Arnelle Collins started the game with a layup before Stringer connected on her first of six three-point baskets on day. Collins then added another layup and a triple to force a Crusader timeout with King leading 10-0.
- Stringer then made a layup and Jalan Harper nailed a three-point basket to give King a commanding 15-0 lead three minutes in.
- The Tornado later scored eight straight points, capped by a pair of Stringer trifectas to push the Tornado lead to 26-8.
- Whitney Mitchell ended the first quarter scoring with a jumper with 31 seconds left, giving King a 31-10 lead after one.
- The lead swelled to 33-10 when Stephanie Brantley scored the first bucket of the second quarter.
- King grabbed their largest lead of the first half at 45-21 following an Ashley Albertson free throw.
- King led 48-28 at the break after shooting 46.2 percent from the field and 38.1 percent from three-point range.
- The Tornado closed the third quarter on a 12-2 run to stretch their lead to 70-43. Stringer had five points on the run and Sheena Johnson connected from long range to start the spurt.
- Belmont Abbey cut into the deficit in the fourth quarter, but the Tornado took the contest 84-61.
- Stringer led the Tornado with 24 points on 6-for-8 shooting from three-point range and 9-for-13 shooting from the floor. She also grabbed four rebounds.
- Ashley Albertson followed with 15 points and five rebounds while Collins chipped in with 13 points and seven boards.
FOR THE FOES
- Taylor Johnson led Belmont Abbey with 15 points while Alex Busch tallied 13 points.
- Gabrielle Bethel chipped in with 10 points and nine rebounds.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- The 24 points for Stringer sets a career-high, topping her previous best of 15 points set on February 17, 2015 against Converse College. Her four rebounds also matches a career-best.
- Albertson came within one of her career-high of 16 points, set earlier this year.
- The 84 points marks the first time since last February the Tornado have scored at least 80 points in a game, and the third time in the last two seasons.
- King returns to action on Sunday when they travel to take on UVa-Wise. Tipoff from Wise, Va., is slated for 1:00 p.m.
- Belmont Abbey is in action again on Saturday when they host the University of Mount Olive.