Samsel's career-high lifts Tornado over SWU

Photo credit: Tyler Feaster
Photo credit: Tyler Feaster

CENTRAL, S.C. – The King University women's basketball team started 2020 on a high note with an emphatic win at Southern Wesleyan University. Kiki Samsel poured in a career-high 20 points as the Tornado topped the Warriors 79-50.

FINAL: King 79, Southern Wesleyan 50
LOCATION: Tysinger Gymnasium; Central, S.C.
RECORDS: King 6-6, 3-3 Conference Carolinas; Southern Wesleyan 1-11, 1-5 Conference Carolinas


First Period

  • Samsel got the Tornado off to a hot start with five points in the opening two minutes as King led 7-0.
  • Following a Warrior basket, King added eight more points, capped by a Golden layup that extended the Tornado lead to 15-2.
  • Samsel capped the quarter with a pair of triples in the final minute, giving her four in the quarter and giving the Tornado a 29-10 lead going into the second period.

Second Period

  • The Tornado then scored the first eight points of the second quarter to extend their lead to 37-10 following a Symantha Fugate layup.
  • Arielle Holloway gave King their largest lead of the first half a 50-17 with three minutes remaining until halftime.
  • King held a 52-22 lead at the break after shooting 58.8 percent from the floor and holding SWU to a 25.0 field goal percentage.

Third Period

  • King scored the first 10 points of the second half, started by another Samsel triple to open up a 62-22 advantage.
  • The Warriors went on a 9-1 run to cut the Tornado lead to 63-31.
  • However, King scored the final five points of the quarter to take a 74-34 lead into the fourth period.

Fourth Period

  • Jada Owens gave King their largest lead of the game at 77-35 with a triple in the opening two minutes of the quarter.
  • However, the Warriors closed the game on a 15-2 run, but the Tornado took the contest 79-50.


  • Samsel led King with 20 points, going 6-for-8 from three-point range.
  • Trinity Lee followed with 13 points and Ali Golden chipped in with 12 points and four assists.


  • Emily Waters led Southern Wesleyan with 11 points and six rebounds.
  • Denisha Hall followed with nine points.


  • The 20 points for Samsel is a career-high, topping the 18 points she scored in the season-opener against Mars Hill University.
  • Samsel's six triples are within one of the NCAA Division II era record of seven.
  • In her last two games, Samsel has knocked down 11 trifectas.


  • King returns home to face the University of Mount Olive on Saturday at 2:00 p.m.
  • Southern Wesleyan hosts Converse College on Saturday afternoon.
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