BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University women's basketball season came to an end on Monday night, but on Thursday a pair of Tornado were honored with All-Conference Carolinas awards. Trinity Lee was selected Conference Carolinas Freshman of the Year while Kristen Cupples garnered second team All-Conference Carolinas.
Lee becomes the first Tornado in program history to garner freshman of the year honors. The Knoxville, Tenn., native started all 28 games for the Tornado and ranked fourth on the team with an average of 9.4 points and 2.9 rebounds per game. She was third among Tornado in minutes played and shot 39.2 percent from the floor. Lee posted her season-highs of 20 points and four assists twice while posted a season-best of seven rebounds against conference champion Emmanuel College.
Cupples, a senior, earns All-Conference Carolinas honors for the first time in her career as she was selected to the second team. The Clinton, Tenn., native was also one of three Tornado to start all 28 games this season and was the team's second-leading scorer. Her 13.6 points per game average ranked 14th in the league as she posted her season-high of 20 points in the regular season finale at Southern Wesleyan University.
Cupples knocked down 81 three-point baskets, ranking her 15th in all of NCAA Division II and second in Conference Carolinas. She also pulled down 4.7 rebounds per game and ranked third in the conference with a 1.8 assist to turnover ratio.