January 21, 2013

Second half run pushes King past Bobcats, 61-44

BRISTOL, Tenn. --- The King College women's basketball team utilized a 13-2 run midway through the second half, grinding out a 61-44 victory over visiting Lees-McRae College in Conference Carolinas play on Monday evening.

King (9-5, 5-5 CC) posted a field goal percentage of 36.4 percent in the contest, including a 45.5 percent clip in the second half, while holding Lees-McRae (6-7, 4-6 CC) to a mark of 25.5 percent from the floor. The Tornado won the battle on the glass by a 57-32 margin, including a 23-9 advantage on the offensive boards, converting that margin into 16 second-chance points.

Layana De Souza (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) led the Bobcats with a game-high 14 points on 4-of-8 shooting, as Kerri Belcher (Roanoke, Va.) nearly added a double-double with 12 markers and nine rebounds to go along with a game-high five steals. Lauren Lewis (Concord, N.C.) chipped in nine points with a trio of three-pointers.

Bonnie Durrett paced the Tornado with a double-double, posting game-highs of 14 points and 14 rebounds, as Kelly Jackson added 10 boards of her own. Allison Bosse nearly chipped in a double-double with 13 markers and nine rebounds, while Alley Sprouse posted a contest-best three blocks.

Both teams struggled to find the twine in the first half, combining for a 17-for-65 clip from the field. King took an early 12-10 lead at the 9:01 mark, when Tia Keitt knocked down a jumper before Lewis answered with a triple for the Bobcats, giving Lees-McRae a narrow 13-12 advantage with 7:59 left in the half.

The Tornado responded with a 9-0 run, claiming a 21-13 lead on a Bosse jumper with 2:00 remaining the period. Lees-McRae would counter with a 5-0 spurt, closing the gap to 23-18 heading into the intermission following a late jumper by Tayler Collins (Fayetteville, N.C.).

The Bobcats came out firing in the second half, taking a 26-25 lead on Lewis' second triple of the period at the 17:59 mark. King would answer with a 10-3 run, claiming a 35-29 advantage following a Mikki Oliver jumper with 13:23 left on the clock before a Belcher jumper cut the margin to 35-31 with 11:12 remaining.

King countered with a 13-2 run, surging out to a 48-33 lead on a three-pointer by Brittany Kinser at the 6:01 mark. The Bobcats would switch into the press, forcing five turnovers over the final five and a half minutes as the Tornado closed out the win with an 11-4 run.

Lees-McRae returns to the court on Thursday when the Bobcats host Erskine College in conference play at 5:30 p.m. in Williams Gymnasium.

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