CENTRAL, S.C. – Playing on the road hasn't phased the King University women's basketball team in 2016 as they turned another impressive performance on Friday night at Southern Wesleyan University. The Tornado posted 54 points in the first half and cruised a 90-52 victory behind five scorers in double figures.
FINAL SCORE: King 90, Southern Wesleyan 50
LOCATION: Tysinger Gymnasium, Central, S.C.
RECORDS: King 7-5, 6-0 Conference Carolinas, Southern Wesleyan 4-8, 1-5 Conference Carolinas
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Brittany Stringer wasted no time lighting up the scoreboard as she drilled a triple to open the scoring in the first minute.
- Following a Warrior bucket, King rolled of 13 straight points to open up a 16-4 advantage. Stringer drilled a triple to start the run before Jalan Harper connected on a pair of shots from long range on the run.
- Madison Davis gave King their largest lead of the first quarter at 27-7 when she made a layup.
- Demisha Porter drilled a jump shot with three seconds remaining in the opening frame to give the Tornado a 29-13 lead after one.
- King closed the second quarter on a run as they held Southern Wesleyan scoreless over the final 5:14 of the quarter. In that time, King turned a 36-19 lead into a 54-19 advantage, scoring 18 straight points.
- Sheena Johnson scored eight points on the run, including a pair of three-point baskets. Harper and Arnelle Collins capped the first half scoring with back-to-back triples in the final minute.
- The Tornado stretched their lead to 75-27, their largest advantage of the game following a pair of free throws from Keyanna Blakely with three minutes remaining in the third quarter.
- From that point on, King held the lead, eventually taking the contest 90-52.
- Johnson led King with 17 points and five rebounds.
- Amy Van Deventer and Harper followed with 13 points apiece with Van Deventer grabbing four rebounds.
- Ashley Albertson scored 12 points to go along with four rebounds and three assists while Collins chipped in with 11 points, three rebounds and three assists.
FOR THE FOES
- Aneysa Williams scored a team-high 11 points and led the Warriors with six rebounds.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- King posted five scorers in double figures for the first time since the 2010-11 season when six Tornado eclipsed the 10-point plateau on December 18, 2010 against Wingate University.
- The 90 points is the most the Tornado have scored since the 2013-14 season-opener when King posted 102 points in a win at the University of Pikeville.
- King is 6-0 in Conference Carolinas play, best start in conference play since joining the league in 2011-12. It is also their best start to a conference season in school history based on available information.
- The 17 points for Johnson sets a career-high, topping her previous best of nine set earlier this season.
- Blakely scored three points and grabbed five rebounds, both setting career-highs.
- King stays on the road to face Converse College on Saturday afternoon. Tipoff from Spartanburg, S.C. is slated for 2:00 p.m.
- Southern Wesleyan hosts Lees-McRae College on Saturday afternoon.