BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University women's basketball team returned home to face regional rival Carson-Newman University. The Tornado made a run late in the second half to make the game close, but the Eagles escaped with the 71-65 victory.
FINAL SCORE: Carson-Newman 71, King 65
LOCATION: Student Center Complex; Bristol, Tenn.
RECORDS: King 3-4; Carson-Newman 7-3
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Carson-Newman started hot, drilling a pair of triples and jumping out to a 10-4 lead in the opening four minutes.
- The Tornado deficit grew to 11, but as they did all night, King fought back, scoring six straight points on triples from Kristen Cupples and Trinity Lee to pull within 20-15.
- However, the Eagles scored the final three points of the quarter to lead 23-15.
- King cut their deficit to 23-20 early in the second quarter following a Kori West layup, but the Eagles answered to extend their lead.
- The teams traded baskets throughout the stanza, but the Eagles scored the final five points to open up a 39-29 lead at halftime.
- Carson-Newman used a 7-2 run to gain their largest advantage of the game at 48-31 in the opening minutes of the third quarter.
- King tried to cut into their deficit down the stretch as Lee drilled a triple to cut the Tornado deficit back to single digits.
- The Eagles scored the final point of the quarter to lead 60-52 entering the final period.
- King came back in the final period as an Ali Golden triple pulled King within 62-59 with six minutes remaining.
- The Tornado again cut their deficit to three following a Lee free throw with one minute remaining, but that was as close as the Tornado would get as Carson-Newman took the contest 71-65.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- West led the Tornado with 11 points, 14 rebounds and five assists.
- Cupples posted 16 points and eight rebounds.
- Golden added 14 points and Lee chipped in with 12 points.
FOR THE FOES
- Kayla Marosites led five Carson-Newman scores in double figures with 15 points and added 10 rebounds and four assists.
- Haris Price added 12 points, six rebounds and five assists.
- Caroline Harville accounted for 12 points while Briana Smith and Addison Byrd posted 10 points each.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- The double-double for West is her fourth straight and fifth of the season.
- West also set a career-high with five assists.
- The 14 points for Golden marked a season-high.
- King returns to the road on Saturday at Newberry College. Tipoff from Newberry, S.C. is scheduled for 2:00 p.m.
- Carson-Newman travels to Coker College on Saturday.