TIGERVILLE, S.C. – The King University women's basketball team returned to the court on Tuesday night follow a couple weeks off and the Tornado wasted no time lighting up the scoreboard. The Tornado scored the first eight points of the contest at North Greenville University and cruised to an 87-65 Conference Carolinas victory.
FINAL SCORE: King 87, North Greenville 65
LOCATION: Hayes Gymnasium, Tigerville, S.C.
RECORDS: King 6-5, 5-0 Conference Carolinas, North Greenville 2-9, 0-4 Conference Carolinas
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Brittany Stringer hit a jump shot to start the scoring before Ashley Albertson and Whitney Mitchell made back-to-back buckets in the paint.
- Following a Mitchell steal, Jalan Harper made it an 8-0 run over the first two minutes, giving King the early lead.
- North Greenville cut their deficit to 14-12 with a 12-4 run before the Tornado closed the first quarter on a 6-0 spurt.
- Arnelle Collins drilled a three-point basket on the run and Amy Van Deventer made the score 20-12 after one with a bucket in the paint with 16 seconds remaining.
- The Crusaders scored the first seven points of the second quarter, cutting their deficit to just one, but the Tornado responded with nine straight points.
- Albertson capped the run with a three-point basket that gave King a 29-19 lead.
- The Tornado then outscored North Greenville 13-5 over the final four minutes of the second quarter to take a 42-26 lead at halftime.
- Mitchell and Stephanie Brantley connected on consecutive triples to start the third quarter and give King a 48-26 lead nearly three minutes into the third quarter.
- North Greenville then scored seven straight points, cutting their deficit to 48-33, but Madison Davis ended the run with a three-point basket.
- King then closed the third quarter with their largest lead of the contest, 66-41 following a Kristen Cupples three-point basket in the final minute.
- King held their lead in the fourth quarter to take the contest 87-65.
- Collins led King with 14 points and three rebounds.
- Cupples followed with 12 points while Davis, Van Deventer and Harper all scored eight points apiece.
- Stringer and Sheena Johnson chipped in with seven points apiece.
FOR THE FOES
- Divonnie Powell led the Crusaders with 15 points while Elizabeth Trentham followed with 12 points.
- Chantel Strahorn tallied 11 points and Cameron Carter rounded out four scorers in double figures with 10 points and six rebounds.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- King shot a blistering 53.7 percent from the field, their best mark since last February when they shot 54.7 percent against Lees-McRae College.
- A season ago at North Greenville, the Tornado shot 60.0 percent from the floor, going 30-for-50. On Tuesday King went 36-for-67.
- King made 12 triples in the contest, their best mark of the season and most since last February when they connected 12 times from long range against Southern Wesleyan University.
- Albertson set a career-high with four assists.
- King stays on the road to take on Southern Wesleyan on Friday night at 5:30 p.m.
- North Greenville is in action again on Friday when they host Barton College.