Posted: Mar 03, 2020
FRANKLIN SPRINGS, Ga - The #3 Emmanuel women's basketball team hosted the quarterfinal round of the 2020 Conference Carolinas playoffs on Tuesday evening. The Lions defeated #6 King University, 72-63, to advance to the semifinal game against #2 Barton College on Saturday, March 7th.
In the first quarter, King got off to a hot start as they outpaced the Lions in the early minutes, taking the lead 9-1. The Lions answered with a 10-1 run that quickly gave them the lead. After 10 minutes of play, the Lions had gained a four point advantage, 20-16.
The Lions continued to control the game early in the second quarter, but the Tornado fought their way back to tie the game, 22-22. The teams exchanged baskets evenly for the rest of the quarter, but neither could pull away. By the end of the first half the Lions led by one point, 33-32.
Both teams struggled offensively in the third quarter, with neither team scoring a basket in the first 2 and a half minutes. The Lions slowly started moving offensively, scoring 6 points in the next two minutes, but the Tornado struggled to answer. The Lions heated up late in the period, scoring ten points in the remaining five minutes. The Tornado scored their first field goal of the quarter with 2:43 remaining. King ended up only converting 2 out of 14 field goals in the third quarter, resulting in a 10 point lead for Emmanuel, 49-39.
The Lions continued to fight hard on the defensive end, allowing them to hold onto their lead throughout the final quarter. The Tornado were unable to mount a comeback, resulting in a 9 point Emmanuel victory, 72-63.
The Lions were led by junior Breanna Locke. Despite a slow first half, Locke got hot in the final two quarters to put up 28 points and 16 rebounds and log a double-double. Senior Ajah Taylor followed with 14 points and 8 rebounds.
The Lions shot 36.8% from the field, 31.8% from three-point range, and 83.3% from the free-throw line. King shot 30.4% from the field, 32% from three-point land, and 76.5% from the line.
Next up, women's basketball will take on #2 Barton College in the semifinal game of the 2020 Conference Carolinas playoffs on Saturday, March 7th. It will be a neutral site game, played in the Jerry Richardson Indoor Stadium on the campus of Wofford College in Spartanburg, S.C.
To purchase your tickets, please call 864-350-0537.
Tickets for each day are just $10 for adults. In addition, children 12-and-under are completely FREE. Seniors 60 and over and military will be able to attend for just $5, while faculty and staff of Conference Carolinas member institutions will be admitted for just $5. Students from Conference Carolinas institutions will be allowed to enter all games FREE with valid identification.
A VIP All-Tournament pass is being sold for $30. The special VIP All-Tournament pass allows those that purchase to sit courtside and have access to the hospitality areas at Jerry Richardson Indoor Stadium. The VIP All-Tournament passes are limited, so make sure to get your spot early.
A General Admission All-Tournament pass will also be sold for just $15.
To learn more about the 2020 Conference Carolinas Men's and Women's Basketball Championships, please visit HERE.
For more on Emmanuel College athletics, visit goeclions.com.