Golden, West lead King past LMC

Photo Credit: Tyler Feaster
Photo Credit: Tyler Feaster

BANNER ELK, N.C. – Facing rival Lees-McRae College, the King University women's basketball team gradually pulled away for a Conference Carolinas victory on Wednesday night. King outscored the Bobcats in each quarter and was led by a pair of 20-point performances in their 69-53 victory.

THE BASICS
FINAL: King 69, Lees-McRae 53
LOCATION: Student Center Complex; Bristol, Tenn.
RECORDS: King 11-9, 8-6 Conference Carolinas; Lees-McRae 7-15, 4-10 Conference Carolinas

HOW IT HAPPENED

First Period

  • Ali Golden got her night off to a hot start with three triples in the opening 10 minutes, including the first one that gave King a 5-2 lead in the early going.
  • Golden connected again from long range before Kori West evened the score at 12.
  • In the final minute, Golden drilled another three-point basket to give King a 15-14 lead after the opening stanza.

Second Period

  • Golden started the second quarter with a triple and jump shot, extending the King lead to 20-14.
  • The Bobcats answered with a 7-0 spurt to take a 21-20 lead.
  • Trinity Lee and West then scored the final two baskets of the quarter for the Tornado.
  • Lees-McRae scored the final basket, but King led 30-26 at the break.

Third Period

  • King gained their largest lead of the quarter at 45-35 following a 9-0 run. Ryleigh Fritz scored five points on the run, including the trifecta that forced a Lees-McRae timeout.
  • The Bobcats came back and pulled within five, but Fritz answered with a triple to give King a 48-40 lead going to the fourth quarter.

Fourth Period

  • Lees-McRae pulled within 52-46, but King responded with an 8-2 run to open up a 60-48 lead following a West layup.
  • King later scored the final seven points of the contest to take the 69-53 victory behind a pair of 20-point performances from Golden and West.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

  • Golden and West each scored 21 points and snared nine rebounds to lead the Tornado.
  • Lee followed with 12 points three assists and Fritz chipped in with 11 points.

FOR THE FOES

  • Makayla Smith led Lees-McRae with 16 points while Destiny Johnson added 10 points.
  • Davinique Cambell scored eight points and grabbed 11 rebounds.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE

  • The nine rebounds for Golden sets a career-high.
  • The 20-point outburst from Golden is her second time scoring at least 20 points in a game this season.
  • West reached the 20-point plateau for the third time this season.

UP NEXT

  • King returns to the friendly confines of the Student Center Complex on Saturday when they take on Barton College at 2:00 p.m.
  • Lees-McRae hosts Belmont Abbey College on Saturday afternoon.
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