Fourth quarter sinks King at BAC

Photo credit: Dakota Bastin
Photo credit: Dakota Bastin

BELMONT, N.C. – The King University women's basketball entered the Conference Carolinas Women's Basketball Championship with a road contest for the first time in six years as the sixth seed. The Tornado used a big second quarter to take a halftime lead at third-seed Belmont Abbey College. However, the Crusaders came back with a big fourth quarter to take the contest 68-49.

THE BASICS
FINAL SCORE: No. 3 Belmont Abbey 68, No. 6 King 49
LOCATION: Wheeler Center; Belmont, N.C.
RECORDS: King 14-14; Belmont Abbey 20-9

HOW IT HAPPENED

First Period

  • Kristen Cupples scored the first basket of the game, but the Crusaders responded with nine straight points to gain control of the contest.
  • The Tornado deficit grew to 17-8 before a triple from Cupples in the final minute of the stanza.
  • Belmont Abbey scored the final basket of the period to take a 19-11 lead going to the second quarter.

Second Period

  • It didn't take King long to turn that score around in the second period, scoring the first nine points and 12 of the first 13 points in the period.
  • Kiki Samsel gave King a 20-19 lead with a three-point basket before Trinity Lee followed with a triple.
  • The Tornado defense held Belmont Abbey without a field goal for the first 5:20 of the period when Brittany Autry made a layup.
  • That was the only field goal King allowed in the period as the Crusaders scored five points from the free throw line.
  • A Cupples trifecta gave King a 28-22 lead before the Crusaders scored the final four points, but King led 28-26 at the half.

Third Period

  • The Tornado seemed to have an answer for the Crusaders every time Belmont Abbey tried to make a run in the third period.
  • In the period there were a pair of ties and six lead changes.
  • Belmont Abbey took a 37-33 lead, but Cupples drilled a triple and Lee followed with a trifecta, putting King back on top at 39-37.
  • However, the teams then traded blows before the Crusaders again led by four.
  • Cupples again came to the rescue with a pair of free throws and a three-point basket that gave King a 46-45 lead in the final minute.
  • Belmont Abbey scored the final basket to take a 47-46 lead into the final period.

Fourth Period

  • The Belmont Abbey defense dug in during the fourth quarter, allowing King to one field goal and three points in the final stanza.
  • The Tornado field goal game at the 7:27 mark, a layup from Golden that pulled King back within 51-48.
  • The Crusaders then closed the game on a 17-1 run to take the contest 68-49.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

  • Cupples led King with 18 points, knocking down four triples.
  • Golden followed with 14 points and five assists.
  • Madison Davis and Desiree Bates both led King with six rebounds in the contest.

FOR THE FOES

  • The Crusaders hit the glass hard, outrebounding King 49-25 with Belmont Abbey corralling 20 offensive rebounds and 19 second chance points.
  • Keyanna Spivey led three Belmont Abbey scorers in double figures with 14 points.
  • Allie Downing followed with 12 points and eight rebounds while Maria Kuhlman added 10 points.
  • Manuela Fungate chipped in with seven points and 11 rebounds.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE

  • Cupples and Davis close their careers for the Tornado after leading King to the Conference Carolinas championship game each of the last three years.
  • Cupples ends her career with 996 career points.
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