King Defeats Coker in Season Opener

Photo credit: Carl Copeland
Photo credit: Carl Copeland

BELMONT, N.C. – The King University women's basketball team opened their season against Coker College. The Tornado controlled the lead the entire game and strong performances from Kori West and Ali Golden helped lift the Tornado to an 82-67 victory over the Cobras.

FINAL SCORE: King 82, Coker 68
LOCATION: Wheeler Center; Belmont, N.C.
RECORDS: King 1-0; Coker 0-1


 First Quarter

  • King was in control early to start the game jumping out to an early 13-4 lead.
  • Coker's Taiylar DeMoss brought the lead back within five but a three-point basket from Kiki Samsel extended the Tornado lead to eight.
  • DeMoss made two free throws for the Cobras to bring the Tornado lead down to six to end the first quarter with a score of 16-10.

Second Quarter

  • King and Coker exchanged shots to start the second quarter with Kristin Cupples draining a three-point shot before a commercial timeout to give King a 29-18 lead.
  • Coker then went on a 10-3 run ended by a three from Jackson to cut the Tornado lead down to six, heading into halftime King led Coker 34-28.

Third Quarter

  • The Cobras were able to cut the King lead to within on to start the third quarter but an exchange of baskets between the Tornado and Coker kept the game in King's favor 50-46.

Fourth Quarter

  • Two layups from Golden and one from West helped lead jump to a comfortable 57-50 lead to start the fourth quarter.
  • A 12-4 run started and ended by West helped the Tornado to jump to a 14 point lead before King eventually took the game 82-67.


  • West had 15 points and 16 rebounds for the Tornado.
  • Golden had 13 points for King.
  • The Tornado shot 37 percent from the field to Coker's 36 percent.


  • Shay Jackson had 26 points and seven rebounds for Coker.


  • King takes on Tusculum University tomorrow at 5:00 p.m.
  • Coker takes on Belmont Abbey.
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