WISE, Va. – In their final game before the break, the King University women's basketball team fell behind at UVa-Wise early, and the Tornado tried to dig out of their hole late in the second half. The Tornado made a run in the fourth quarter, cutting their deficit to one point, but King couldn't get over the hump, dropping a 72-67 decision.
FINAL SCORE: UVa-Wise 72, King 67
LOCATION: Prior Center, Wise, Va.
RECORDS: King 5-5, UVa-Wise 6-2
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The Cavaliers grabbed the lead early following a 9-2 run over the first half of the first quarter and UVa-Wise held a 23-12 lead over King after the first stanza.
- After King scored the first bucket of the second frame, UVa-Wise rolled off nine straight points to take a 32-14 advantage, their largest of the game.
- However, King answered with six straight of their own, as Ashley Albertson scored four points on the spurt.
- UVa-Wise scored the final four points of the second quarter to take a 40-25 lead at the break.
- The Tornado cut their deficit to 11 points in the third quarter, but the Cavaliers responded to extend their lead back to 15, where the lead stayed for the majority of the frame. Amy Van Deventer scored the final basket of the frame, giving the Tornado a 53-40 deficit going into the fourth quarter.
- Kristen Cupples started a 12-2 Tornado run to start the fourth quarter with a three-point basket. Whitney Mitchell and Arnelle Collins capped the spurt with back-to-back fastbreak layups, cutting the King deficit to 55-52 with five minutes remaining.
- A Mitchell jump shot with 1:24 remaining made the King deficit 62-61, and she later hit a pair of free throws with 56 seconds remaining, making the score 64-63.
- Following two more UVa-Wise free throws, Mitchell made a layup to make the score 66-65 with 45 seconds remaining.
- However, King couldn't even the score or take the lead as the Cavaliers scored six of the final eight points to take the contest 72-67.
- Albertson tallied 20 points and five rebounds to lead the Tornado.
- Van Deventer followed with 13 points and seven rebounds while Mitchell chipped in with 10 points.
FOR THE FOES
- The Cavaliers shot a blistering 51.6 percent in the first half, but cooled off to shot 37.1 percent for the game.
- Blair Harding led the Cavaliers with 25 points and Allison Ball followed with 16 points.
- Taylor Sandidge scored 10 points while Kehana Grayer snared 10 rebounds to go along with seven points.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- The 20 points for Albertson marks a career-high, topping her previous best of 16.
- Cupples matched a career-best with eight points.
- King will be in action again on January 5 when they return to Conference Carolinas play at North Greenville University. Tipoff from Tigerville, S.C. is slated for 5:30 p.m.
- UVa-Wise returns to action on January 4 at Fairmont State University.