Balanced attack lifts Tornado over Saints

Photo credit: Jeremiah Manning
Photo credit: Jeremiah Manning

GAFFNEY, S.C. – The King University women's basketball team used a balanced scoring attack on Wednesday night as they took down Conference Carolinas perennial power Limestone College. The Tornado posted five scores in double figures as they took the contest 75-63.

THE BASICS
FINAL SCORE: King 75, Limestone 63
LOCATION: Timken Center; Gaffney, S.C.
RECORDS: King 6-5, 2-2 Conference Carolinas; Limestone 7-6, 4-2 Conference Carolinas

HOW IT HAPPENED

First Period

  • King got off to a hot start behind Madison Davis who knocked down a pair of triples and a free throw that gave King an 11-4 lead.
  • Davis' second trifecta started a 12-0 run that gave the Tornado a 19-4 lead late in the opening period.
  • Trinity Lee picked up the scoring down the stretch, drilling back-to-back triples to end the spurt.
  • She added another three-point basket that beat the buzzer to give King a 22-7 lead after 10 minutes.
  • Lee scored 11 points in the period, going 4-for-4 from the floor.

Second Period

  • Limestone cut into the King lead early in the second period, but the Tornado answered with eight straight points.
  • Kori West started the spurt with a layup before Davis gave King their largest lead of the half a 32-13 with a jump shot.
  • Kristen Cupples beat the halftime buzzer with a layup, giving the Tornado a 34-15 lead at the break.

Third Period

  • The Saints cut into their deficit in the third quarter, using a 7-2 run to pull within 10 of the Tornado.
  • Limestone cut their deficit to eight at 42-34 with four minutes remaining in the third period, but King answered.
  • The Tornado responded with five straight points, extending their lead to 47-34.
  • Limestone scored the final five points the period, cutting the King lead to 49-41 going to the final period.

Fourth Period

  • Cupples opened the fourth quarter on fire, drilling a pair of three-point baskets to give King a 55-43 lead.
  • Ryleigh Fritz then stretched the Tornado advantage to 60-45 with a triple two minutes into the quarter.
  • Cupples added another triple before Lee made a layup that pushed the Tornado advantage to 67-49.
  • The Saints tried to make one last run, but the Tornado iced the 75-63 victory at the free throw line.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

  • Lee led five Tornado scorers in double figures with 18 points.
  • Cupples followed with 17 points, eight rebounds and three assists.
  • Ali Golden added 12 points, seven rebounds and six assists.
  • Davis accounted for 13 points and eight rebounds.
  • West chipped in with 10 points and 11 rebounds.
  • King shot 45.2 percent from the floor and 42.9 percent from long land, their second best outputs this season.

FOR THE FOES

  • Schekinah Bimpa led Limestone with 15 points and nine rebounds.
  • Taylour Hunter added 12 points.
  • Alexis Armstrong chipped in with 11 points and six rebounds.
  • The Tornado defense held Limestone to a 15.8 three-point field goal percentage and 35.2 field goal percentage.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE

  • The double-double marks West's eighth of the season.
  • King posts five scorers in double figures since their last win at Limestone on March 3, 2017 in the conference championship game.

UP NEXT

  • King returns home to take on Converse College on Saturday. Tipoff is scheduled for 2:00 p.m.
  • Limestone travels to Emmanuel College on Saturday.