Pioneers too much for Tornado

Photo credit: Emily Nelson
Photo credit: Emily Nelson

BELMONT, N.C. – The King University women's basketball team were in action again Saturday. The Tornado had a tough day and were down almost the whole game as they fell to Tusculum 76-55.

FINAL SCORE: Tusculum 76, King 55
LOCATION: Wheeler Center; Belmont, N.C.
RECORDS: King 1-1; Tusculum 2-0


 First Quarter

·         The Pioneers came out hot starting off the game with a 9-2 run eventually stopped by a Kristen Cupples three-point basket making the score 10-5.

·         Tusculum was quick to answer before the end of the first quarter scoring 5 points in 38 seconds to give the Pioneers a 15-5 lead over King.

Second Quarter

·An 11-2 run of King's own capped off by a Madison Davis three-point basket helped cut the Tusculum lead down 17-16.

·         King and Tusculum exchanges baskets throughout the rest of the second quarter and king went into halftime trailing Tusculum 29-27.

Third Quarter

·         The Tornado were able to get their first lead of the game 34-32 with 7:06 remaining in the third quarter coming in the form of a layup from Taylor Freeman.

·         Tusculum then went on a 10-0 run to go up 42-34.

·         To end the third quarter Tusculum scored 10 points to King's eight and go into the fourth quarter with a 52-42 lead.

Fourth Quarter

·         Tusculum was able to outscore the Tornado 24-13 in the fourth quarter to take the game 76-55.


·         Kori West had 9 points and consecutive games with double-digit rebounds at 10 for the Tornado.

·         Trinity Lee has career-high eight points.


·         Yolisma Cupidan had 15 points and eight rebounds

·         Sydney Wilson had 19 points for the Pioneers.


·         King hosts UVa-Wise for their home opener Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

·         Tusculum travels to Clayton State University Thursday.