West's basket vaults Tornado past Wolves

West's basket vaults Tornado past Wolves

NEWBERRY, S.C. – The King University women's basketball broke back into the win column on Saturday afternoon in impressive fashion at Newberry College. Kori West made a jump shot with 1.3 seconds remaining to give King the 75-73 victory, handing the Wolves their first defeat of the season.

THE BASICS
FINAL SCORE: King 75, Newberry 73
LOCATION: Eleazer Arena; Newberry, S.C.
RECORDS: King 4-4; Newberry 8-1

HOW IT HAPPENED

First Period

  • King wasted no time getting the board as they opened up a 7-0 lead following an Ali Golden triple in the opening minutes.
  • Trinity Lee and Kristen Cupples then drilled back-to-back trifectas, giving King their largest lead of the half at 13-3 midway through the first period.
  • Newberry then began to work their way back, scoring seven straight points, cutting their deficit to 16-14.
  • A triple by the Wolves capped a 14-3 spurt to end the quarter and even the score at 17-17.

Second Period

  • The run continued for Newberry to start the second quarter, scoring 12 of the first 15 points to open up a 29-20 lead three minutes into the quarter.
  • Consecutive baskets by West and Madison Davis stopped the spurt for the Tornado.
  • King later went on an 11-0 run, sparked by a Ryleigh Fritz triple.
  • Golden gave King the lead with a steal and layup before another Fritz trifecta gave King a 35-31 advantage.
  • However, the Wolves scored the final four points of the period, evening the score at 35 at the break.

Third Period

  • Newberry tried to gain separation to start the third period, grabbing a 46-41 lead midway through the stanza.
  • However, the Tornado came back with four straight points, pulling within one on a West bucket.
  • Lee and Cupples later connected on consecutive triples that vaulted the Tornado into the lead.
  • West stretched the King lead to four with a layup before the Wolves scored the final bucket of the quarter, leaving King with a 58-56 lead entering the final period.

Fourth Period

  • Cupples opened the scoring in the final stanza with a triple before Newberry answered with six straight points to regain the lead.
  • Golden came back with five straight points for King, only to see the Wolves respond by scoring 11 of the next 13 points to take a 73-68 lead with 2:26 remaining.
  • West got the Tornado back on the board before a triple from Golden evened the score with 1:33 remaining.
  • The score remained the same until the final seconds when West connected from 18 feet off the right elbow with 1.3 seconds remaining to put the Tornado on top.
  • The Wolves had a chance to even the score as time expired, but the shot was off the mark, giving King the 75-73 victory.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

  • West led King with 19 points to go along with 12 rebounds.
  • Golden followed with 17 points and Cupples chipped in with 13 points and six rebounds.
  • Fritz handed out five assists to go along with six points.

FOR THE FOES

  • Shelby Britten led four Newberry scorers in double figures with 20 points.
  • Meg Essex and Courtney Lyons followed with 13 points each with Essex grabbing six rebounds.
  • Regan McCarty chipped in with 11 points and eight rebounds.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE

  • King only had nine turnovers in the contest, their fewest since posting eight turnovers in back-to-back games in March of 2017.
  • The double-double for West is her fifth straight and sixth of the season.

UP NEXT

  • King returns home to face Conference Carolinas foe Belmont Abbey College on Tuesday. Tipoff is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. in the Student Center Complex.
  • Newberry is in action again on December 29 when they travel to North Greenville University.