CENTRAL, S.C. – After a close first half Southern Wesleyan was unable to keep up with King's hot shooting as the Tornado pulled away for a 61-48 win on Tuesday night in Tysinger Gymnasium.
Neither team shot well in the first half, as the Warriors connected on just 36 percent (12 of 33) and the Tornado made just 23.7 percent (9 of 38). King kept shooting from beyond the arc despite a 4 of 21 (19 percent) clip in the first half. Things changed in the second half.
King's Jalan Harper made 5 of 8 from long range in the second half as King heated up to 6 of 16 from deep and 14 of 32 (43.8 percent) from the floor. The Warriors regressed in the second half to just 30 percent (9 of 30) from the floor and just 1 of 11 from long range.
Brooke Strickland was the lone Warrior to reach double figures with 10 points off the bench. The sophomore guard connected on 2 of 5 from long range and made half of her eight field goal attempts. Bri Seda and Christiana Perkins each added eight points.
The Warriors started the game on a 9-0 run as Seda scored six of her eight points and Cayse Branyon added a triple. SWU held on to the lead until 2:50 to go in the first half as Alley Sprouse connected on a second chance opportunity to put the Tornado up 22-21.
Chelsie Waters connected on a three followed by Strickland on the next possession to put the Warriors up 27-22 heading into halftime.
King came out hot in the second half, nailing three of their first four shots en route to a 14-2 run to seize a 36-27 lead. The Tornado pushed the lead out to 15 with 9:46 to play and held off the Warriors to secure the win. Harper scored 17 of her game-high 23 in the second half as Amy Van Deventer added 10 points and 10 rebounds in the second half alone. She finished with 12 points and 16 rebounds.
The Warriors will be in action again this weekend as they host Emmanuel on Saturday at 2 p.m.