Styles Posts Career Day In Overtime Win Against King

Styles Posts Career Day In Overtime Win Against King

MOUNT OLIVE, N.C. – The University of Mount Olive women's basketball team defeated the Tornado of King University, 89-87, in overtime Conference Carolinas action on Friday evening at Kornegay Arena in Mount Olive, N.C. Senior Ni'Ya Styles recorded a career-high 40 points in the overtime thriller.

Score: Mount Olive 89, King 87 (OT)
Records: King (5-8, 2-4), Mount Olive (5-8, 3-2)
Location: Kornegay Arena| Mount Olive, N.C.

How It Happened


  • Mount Olive broke an early four-point tie going on a 17-5 run opening a double-digit lead over the Tornado to lead 21-9 through the first ten minutes.


  • The Tornado fought their way back through the first five minutes of the second quarter to trail by four, 25-21 before the Trojans took off on an 11-3 run as they headed into halftime with the 36-24 lead.


  • UMO held an average lead of eight points over the first five minutes of the third quarter, but King closed the gap to two points, 51-49, with under a minute to play.
  • The Trojans scored five unanswered points in the final minute to hold a six-point lead, 55-49, heading into the fourth.


  • King came back in the first three minutes of the fourth quarter to take their first lead of the game, 61-59, since the first quarter.
  • The teams traded points over the following 90 seconds until the Trojans went up by three, 66-63, at the 4:56 mark.
  • Mount Olive grew their lead to six points, but King came back to tie the game at 74 all with 11 seconds to force an overtime period. 


  • The teams did not disappoint as they fought for control of the score with neither team holding more than a two-point lead through the five minute overtime period. 
  • Ni'Ya Styles broke the 87-87 tie with a layup just before the buzzer to prevent a second overtime period and give the Trojans their first win of the New Year.


  • Ni'Ya Styles led the Trojans with a career-high 40 points as she shot 14-32 from the field, 8 of 17 from behind the three-point arc and a perfect 4-of-4 from the charity stripe.
  • Felecity Havens tallied 19, and Jada Bacchus added 17 on the night.
  • UMO recorded 11 steals to King's eight which contributed to a 32-22 lead for the Trojans in points scored off of turnovers.


The Trojans return to action on January 6 as they host Lees-McRae College at Kornegay Arena. The Trojans and Bobcats tip-off at 5:30 p.m. in game one of the women's and men's doubleheader.