Tornado stunned by Emmanuel fourth period

Photo credit: Dakota Bastin
Photo credit: Dakota Bastin

BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University women's basketball team continued their homestand against Emmanuel College. The Tornado held a lead for the majority of the contest, but the Lions had a solid second half, taking the comeback 72-66 victory.

FINAL: Emmanuel 72, King 66
LOCATION: Student Center Complex; Bristol, Tenn.
RECORDS: King 11-10, 7-7 Conference Carolinas; Emmanuel 15-6, 10-4 Conference Carolinas


First Period

  • Kristen Cupples drilled a pair of triples early, keying a 9-0 run that gave King a 9-2 lead three minutes into the contest.
  • Emmanuel chipped away and cut their deficit to two on numerous occasions throughout the quarter.
  • Cupples connected again from long range to beat the buzzer and give King a 23-16 lead after the first period.

Second Period

  • Triples from Kiki Samsel and Arielle Holloway gave King their largest lead at 30-12 two minutes into the second quarter.
  • The Lions responded with a 9-0 run, cutting their deficit to 30-27.
  • However, King came back and closed the period on an 8-3 spurt, capped by a Che' Davis free throw gave King a 38-30 lead at the break.

Third Period

  • The Tornado advantage grew to 45-35 before Emmanuel scored eight straight points.
  • Ali Golden ended the spurt with a basket for the Tornado, but that didn't slow down the Lions.
  • Emmanuel scored the final five points of the period, evening the tally at 49 going to the fourth stanza.

Fourth Period

  • The fourth period was tight the entire way as the lead changed hands six times over the final 10 minutes.
  • The Lions took a 54-51 lead with a triple before King responded with baskets by Cupples and Golden in the paint.
  • Emmanuel regained the lead and earned a 65-60 lead with two minutes remaining.
  • A Desiree Bates triple pulled King back within 68-66, but the Lions scored the final four points at the free throw line to take the contest 72-66.


  • Cupples led King with 14 points while Golden added 12 points.
  • Holloway chipped in with 10 points.


  • Hanna Grogan led Emmanuel with 23 points while Lochlain Corliss added 16 points, six rebounds and four assists.
  • Breanna Locke added 10 points and 14 rebounds.


  • King returns to the Student Center Complex floor on Saturday when they take on Limestone College at 2:00 p.m.
  • Emmanuel hosts the University of Mount Olive on Saturday.
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