West's double-double leads King over Converse

Photo Credit: Tyler Feaster
Photo Credit: Tyler Feaster

BRISTOL, Tenn. – Wednesday night's contest between the King University women's basketball team and Converse College got off to a slow start, but the Tornado pulled away late for the Conference Carolinas victory. The Tornado opened the game up in the second quarter and took the 74-49 win behind a double-double from Kori West.

THE BASICS
FINAL: King 74, Converse 49
LOCATION: Student Center Complex; Bristol, Tenn.
RECORDS: King 10-8, 7-5 Conference Carolinas; Converse 2-19, 1-11 Conference Carolinas

HOW IT HAPPENED

First Period

  • Converse opened up a 9-5 lead and led 11-7 with two minutes remaining in the opening stanza.
  • Kiki Samsel gave King the lead at 13-11 with a triple in the final minute before a Trinity Lee layup gave the Tornado a 15-11 lead.
  • Converse scored a free throw, but King led 15-12 after the first period.

Second Period

  • Lee broke a 15-15 tie with a three-point play that ignited a 7-0 Tornado spurt.
  • West capped the run and gave King a 22-15 lead three minutes into the period.
  • Samsel then started another King run with a trifecta and Ali Golden followed with a layup.
  • Lee extended the King lead to 32-17, ending the 10-0 run with a basket with three minutes remaining.
  • King then led 37-23 at the half.

Third Period

  • Samsel stretched the Tornado lead to 40-23 with a three-point basket in the opening minute of the third period.
  • A Ryleigh Fritz layup then gave King a 47-26 lead with a layup as the Tornado held their lead there, taking a 58-38 advantage to the fourth period.

Fourth Period

  • West gave King their largest lead of the game at 65-40 with a three-point play three minutes into the fourth quarter.
  • King held the lead there, eventually taking the contest 74-49.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

  • Lee led King with 18 points to go along with six rebounds.
  • West scored 14 points, 18 rebounds and four assists.
  • Samsel chipped in with 16 points.
  • Jada Owens added nine points and five rebounds.

FOR THE FOES

  • Dominique Hill led Converse with 14 points and six rebounds.
  • Ellen Nardella added 12 points.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE

  • West's 18 rebounds was a season-high.
  • Owens also set a season-high with nine points.

UP NEXT

  • King returns to the court on Saturday at Conference Carolinas leading Belmont Abbey College. Tipoff from Belmont, N.C. is scheduled for 2:00 p.m.
  • Converse hosts Lees-McRae College on Saturday afternoon.
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