King falls short against Tusculum

Photo credit: Tyler Feaster
Photo credit: Tyler Feaster

BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University women's basketball team returned to the floor on Saturday following a win against Mars Hill University on Friday night. The Tornado led Tusculum University at halftime, but the Pioneers played a solid second half to grab the 82-62 win.

THE BASICS
FINAL SCORE: Tusculum 82, King 62
LOCATION: Student Center Complex; Bristol, Tenn.
RECORDS: King 1-1; Tusculum 2-0

First Period

  • The Tornado and Pioneers traded shots in the early minutes of the first period, but the Pioneers held a slim advantage in the early minutes.
  • Trinity Lee got things going for the Tornado, connecting with the basket for three triples in the middle of the first period to give King a 19-14 advantage.
  • A jump shot made by Arielle Holloway and a few made free-throws gave King a 23-14 lead at the end of the first period.

Second Period

  • Kori West had two free-throws and a layup to give King a 27-17 lead, their largest lead of the night.  
  • However, The Pioneers worked their way back and went on a 6-0 run after three triples from Elle Hutchinson and one from Mya Belton, bringing Tusculum within one of the Tornado.
  • Trinity Lee hit another three-point bucket, but the Pioneers offense was fired up going into the middle of the second period.
  • Hutchinson would lead Tusculum in their comeback over King, knocking down several triples and free throws.
  • The Pioneers defense shut down the Tornado offense late in the second period, only allowing King to shoot 20.0 percent to score nine points.
  • King held a 35-33 lead at the half.

Third Period

  • West pulled King ahead 37-35 in the beginning of the third quarter, but the Pioneers offense started to come alive and connect with the basket.
  • Jalia Arnwine hit a three-point jump shot for Tusculum, putting them back into the game with a 40-37 lead.
  • Hutchinson and Arnwine would lead Tusculum in their comeback over King, knocking down several triples and free-throws to end the period with a 64-49 lead.

Fourth Period

  • Ali Golden and Trinity Lee opened up the fourth period with two triples, but Tusculum's offense continued to pressure the Tornado defense and went on an 8-0 run.
  • Hutchinson knocked down another triple as the Pioneers took the contest 82-62.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

  • Trinity Lee had another impressive performance for the Tornado, finishing with 20 points and five rebounds.
  • Lee matched her career-high of 20 points for the fourth time.
  • Kiki Samsel finished with 11 points and four rebounds.

FOR THE FOES

  • Kasey Johnson led the Pioneers with 20 points and Arnwine followed with 19.
  • Hutchinson added 18 points, while Maddie Sutton grabbed a game-high of 10 rebounds.

UP NEXT

  • King returns to action on Wednesday as they travel to Carson-Newman University. Tipoff is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.
  • Tusculum plays Clayton State University on Tuesday.