Tornado come back, but fall to BAC in overtime

Photo credit: Jeremiah Manning
Photo credit: Jeremiah Manning

BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University women's basketball team fought back against Belmont Abbey College on Tuesday afternoon and forced overtime. However, the Crusaders prevailed in the extra session, topping King 74-70.

THE BASICS
FINAL SCORE: Belmont Abbey 74, King 70 (F/OT)
LOCATION: Student Center Complex; Bristol, Tenn.
RECORDS: King 4-5, 1-2 Conference Carolinas; Belmont Abbey 7-4, 4-1 Conference Carolinas

HOW IT HAPPENED

First Period

  • The teams traded baskets in the early going before Belmont Abbey broke a 7-7 tie with a 7-0 run.
  • The Crusaders held the Tornado without a field goal over the final 8:39 of the quarter, opening up an 18-9 lead going to the second period.

Second Period

  • Ali Golden broke the Tornado drought with a basket nearly two minutes into the second period and Madison Davis followed with a basket.
  • King later pulled within four at 27-23 following a Ryleigh Fritz triple late in the period.
  • However, the Crusaders scored the final five points of the quarter, taking a 32-23 lead into the break.

Third Period

  • Kristen Cupples cut the Tornado deficit to 36-31 with a triple midway through the third stanza, but the Crusaders answered.
  • Belmont Abbey closed the quarter on a 13-2 run, including a triple at the buzzer that gave Belmont Abbey a 49-33 lead going to the fourth period.

Fourth Period

  • Belmont Abbey extended their lead to 51-33, their largest of the game, in the opening minute of the fourth period.
  • King then started to chip away, cutting their deficit to 54-44 following a Trinity Lee trifecta midway through the quarter.
  • The Tornado then scored 11 straight points, started by a Kori West layup before a Lee fastbreak layup that evened the score.
  • Lee then scored another fastbreak layup, giving King a 60-58 advantage with 1:32 remaining.
  • The lead was short-lived, however, as the Crusaders scored on their next possession.
  • Neither team was able to score in the final minute, sending the contest to overtime.

Overtime

  • Belmont Abbey scored the first five points of the extra session, but King answered with six straight.
  • Fritz made a jump shot and triple to even the score before making a free throw to put King on top.
  • However, the Crusaders answered with a triple to regain the lead and extended their advantage to 72-67 with 13 seconds remaining.
  • Golden made a three-point basket, but King couldn't get any closer as the Tornado fell 74-70.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

  • Lee led the Tornado with 20 points, matching a career-high.
  • Golden followed with 15 points and four assists.
  • Cupples and Fritz chipped in with 10 points each.

FOR THE FOES

  • Allie Downing led Belmont Abbey with 21 points, seven rebounds and four assists.
  • Manuela Fungate posted 16 points and 13 rebounds.
  • Maria Kuhlman chipped in with 13 points and five rebounds.

UP NEXT

  • King returns to action on December 29 at UVa-Wise. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. from Wise, Va.
  • Belmont Abbey is next in action on December 31 at Catawba College.