HARROGATE, Tenn. – The King University women's basketball team fell behind Lincoln Memorial University early, but kept the score close in the first half. The Railsplitters looked to run away with the contest in the second half, but King erased a 13-point deficit to take a brief led. However, the Railsplitters responded to take the contest 72-69.
FINAL SCORE: Lincoln Memorial 72, King 69
LOCATION: Tex Turner Arena; Harrogate, Tenn.
RECORDS: King 2-2, Lincoln Memorial 2-2
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The Railsplitters grabbed the lead early with five straight points before Kristen Cupples drilled a triple.
- Lincoln Memorial later extended their lead t o14-7 before King worked their way back.
- The Tornado scored the final six points of the stanza, capped by a Cupples jump shot to make the score 14-13 after the first quarter.
- Lincoln Memorial drilled back-to-back triples to start the second quarter.
- The Railsplitters did a good job on the offensive glass in the opening half, scoring nine second chance points on 12 offense rebounds.
- King later trailed 28-19 before going on a run over the final three minutes.
- The Tornado closed the half on an 8-3 run as Cupples kept the Tornado close.
- Cupples scored all eight points on a pair of triples and two free throws as King trailed 31-27 at the break.
- Lincoln Memorial started the third quarter hot, quickly extending their lead to 45-32 and forcing a King timeout.
- Out of the break, King scored four straight points as Madison Davis cut the Tornado deficit back to single digits with two of her four points in the game.
- King again trailed by 13, but used an 8-1 spurt to cut their deficit back to 52-46 following an Arielle Holloway three-point play.
- Kori West made a pair of free throws in the final seconds, cutting the Tornado deficit to 58-49 going to the final quarter.
- The Railsplitters opened their lead back up to 13 twice in the opening minutes of the third quarter, the second time at 64-51 before King scored 12 straight points.
- Desiree Bates started the spurt with a triple and a layup before Ali Golden pulled King within 64-63 with a layup.
- Golden later gave King a brief 67-66 lead with a layup with 1:21 remaining, but the Railsplitters regained the lead with a basket on the other end of the floor.
- Lincoln Memorial stretched their lead back to five at the free throw line before West made a basket in the final seconds.
- It wasn't enough as Lincoln Memorial took the contest 72-69.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- Cupples led King with 16 points, going 4-for-5 from three-point range.
- West added 15 points and 11 rebounds for the double-double.
- Bates poured in a career-high 12 points, going 4-for-8 from the floor.
FOR THE FOES
- Shermeria Quarles led Lincoln Memorial with 14 points and 11 rebounds.
- Emily Griffith followed with 13 points and eight rebounds while Sydney Duggins chipped in with 10 points.
- Sydney Newsome snared a game-high 12 rebounds.
- King is in action again on December 1 when they open Conference Carolinas play at the University of Mount Olive. Tipoff is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. in Mount Olive, N.C.
- Lincoln Memorial hosts Carson-Newman University on November 28.