BRISTOL, Tenn. – The start couldn't have been any better for the King University women's basketball team on Saturday afternoon in the Student Center Complex as they took on Conference Carolinas foe Erskine College. The Tornado scored the first 16 points of the game and held a sizeable lead throughout the contest. However, the Flying Fleet made a run and took their first lead of the game late in the fourth quarter before holding off King to take the 75-70 victory.
FINAL SCORE: Erskine 75, King 70
LOCATION: Student Center Complex, Bristol, Tenn.
RECORDS: King 9-6, 8-1 Conference Carolinas, Erskine 4-9, 4-4 Conference Carolinas
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Jalan Harper opened the scoring with a three-point basket before Whitney Mitchell made a jump shot and Arnelle Collins made back-to-back fastbreak layups.
- Sheena Johnson connected from long range before Amy Van Deventer capped the 16-0 run that saw the Tornado go 7-for-7 with consecutive layups.
- The Flying Fleet came back to close the first quarter, but the Tornado held a 27-17 lead after the first frame.
- The Tornado earned their largest lead of the contest at 42-23 following a Brittany Stringer triple midway through the second quarter.
- However, Erskine scored 10 straight points, cutting their deficit to 42-33 with 1:22 left in the half, and the Tornado led 44-34 at the break.
- The Flying Fleet didn't let up in the third quarter, going on an 11-0 run that cut the King lead from 50-38 to just one point with four minutes left in the quarter.
- Ashley Albertson and Mitchell tried to get the Tornado offense back on track as they sparked an 11-0 King run. Kristen Cupples capped the spurt with a three-point basket.
- Erskine made a free throw to make the score going into the fourth quarter 61-50 in favor of King.
- The Flying Fleet opened the fourth quarter on a 14-4, eventually evening the tally at 65-65 midway through the final stanza.
- Myranda Parham gave Erskine the first lead of the game at 67-65 with a jump shot, but Albertson answered with a layup to even the score.
- Jalan Harper followed with a steal and layup to regain the lead for the Tornado with 2:33 remaining.
- However, Erskine's Raygon Hendrix evened the score with 57 seconds remaining and Naomi Stuger made a pair of free throws that gave the Flying Fleet a 71-69 lead with 35 seconds remaining.
- The Tornado got within one, but couldn't regain the lead as Erskine took the game 75-70.
- Albertson led King with 14 points, 10 rebounds and four assists.
- Mitchell also tallied 14 points.
- Collins, Harper and Van Deventer chipped in with nine points apiece.
FOR THE FOES
- Kristen Giles led Erskine with 22 points while Parham followed with 15 points and eight rebounds.
- Megan Davis added 11 points and Megan Marrah chipped in with 10 points.
- Stuger registered 10 rebounds to go along with six points.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- For Albertson, the 14 points and 10 rebounds marks her third double-double of the season and first since November 18 against Carson-Newman University.
- The Tornado are in action again on Tuesday night when they travel the University of Mount Olive. Tipoff from Mount Olive, N.C. is slated for 5:30 p.m.
- Erskine takes on Converse College on Tuesday night.