Eight score in double figures in Tornado win over Belmont Abbey

Eight score in double figures in Tornado win over Belmont Abbey

BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University women's basketball team may have turned in their best performance of the season on Friday night when they defeated Belmont Abbey College 107-63. The Tornado eclipsed 100 points for the first time in three season and had eight scorers in double figures in the Conference Carolinas victory.

FINAL SCORE: King 107, Belmont Abbey 63
LOCATION: Student Center Complex; Bristol, Tenn.
RECORDS: King 8-4, 5-1 Conference Carolinas; Belmont Abbey 6-5, 4-2 Conference Carolinas


  • The contest was tight throughout the first quarter before King gained separation over the final two minutes.
  • Sheena Johnson drilled a triple to start a 9-2 Tornado that closed the stanza. Whitney Mitchell later finished the quarter with a three-point basket and pair of free throws to give King a 24-17 lead after the first quarter.
  • The Tornado began to pull away early in the second quarter, using an 11-0 run to turn a six point advantage into a 40-23 lead midway through the frame. Amy Van Deventer started the spurt with an old fashioned three-point play and Jalan Harper capped the run with a pair of layups.
  • Sydney Harris gave King their largest lead of the first half at 52-31 with a triple before the Crusaders scored the final two points of the second quarter. However, King still held a 52-33 lead at the half.
  • King used another run over the first half of the third quarter, going on a 14-2 run that opened up a 71-39 lead midway through the stanza.
  • Ashley Albertson scored five points on the run and Van Deventer tallied four points on the spurt.
  • Going to the fourth quarter, King held a 78-50 advantage, and the Tornado extended that in the final period.
  • Kristen Cupples connected from long range, giving King their largest lead of the game down the stretch as the Tornado took the contest 107-63.
  • The Tornado shot a blistering 57.4 percent from the floor, their best output this season.
  • Johnson and Van Deventer led the eight scorers in double figures with 14 points each.
  • Mitchell followed with 12 points and Madison Davis added 11 points.
  • The quartet of Harper, Albertson, Harris and Cupples had 10 points apiece.
  • Albertson, Davis and Harris led King with five rebounds each.
  • Albertson added a team-high seven assists and Van Deventer dished out six helpers.


  • Chrystal Ezechukwu led Belmont Abbey with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
  • Larisa Bishop followed with 10 points for the Crusaders.


  • The 107 points marks the first time since the opening game of the 2013-14 season the Tornado have eclipsed 100 points. That night King scored 102 in a 102-78 victory at the University of Pikeville on November 14.
  • It also marks the second time since King became NCAA Division II members in 2011-12 they have scored at least 100 points.
  • King had eight scorers in double figures which is believed to be a school record based on available records. The Tornado previously had five scorers reach double figures on February 28, 2015 against the University of Mount Olive.
  • The Tornado shot 57.4 percent from the floor, their highest shooting percentage since December 2, 2014 when they shot 58.0 percent in a win at Converse College.
  • Both Albertson and Van Deventer matched career-highs in terms of assists. Albertson handed out seven helpers and Van Deventer dished out six dimes.


  • King returns to the court in the Student Center Complex on Saturday when they host Pfeiffer University at 2:00 p.m.
  • Belmont Abbey travels to take on Lees-McRae College on Saturday afternoon.
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