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Michaels

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. -- Kaitlin Michaels posted a double-double with 16 points and career-high 11 rebounds as King's (Pa.) opened the 2012 NCAA tournament with a hard-fought 56-42 victory against SUNY-Oneonta Friday night.

King's jumped out of the gates quickly building a 11-1 lead after 5:30 of play as the Lady Monarchs used 3-pointers from Samantha Simcox and Celia Rader as well as a traditional three-point play by Marissa Manning to gain the early advantage.

Oneonta battled back with a 7-0 run and trimmed the lead to 11-8 following a 3-pointer from Samantha Szkotak with 10:39 remaining in the first half.

The Lady Monarchs responded with a 7-0 spurt to push the score to 18-8 on a Michaels 3-pointer. The Red Dragons countered with a 5-0 spurt to cut the score to 18-13 on a Kristin Pappalardo lay-up at the 2:35 mark, but King's closed out the half by scoring the final six points to take a 24-13 lead.

In the second half King's slowly began to stretch the lead, cashing in on 3-pointers from Rader and Simcox, to outscore the Red Dragons 11-2 to build a 35-15 lead 5:20 into the second half.

Oneonta, however, chipped away with a 16-4 run and eventually came to within 39-31 on a jumper from Madison Slagle with 7:07 remaining.

After King's responded with a 3-pointer from Simcox to push the lead to 11 points, Slagle scored her fourth consecutive point to bring the Red Dragons to within 42-33.

The Lady Monarchs answered again, this time with a big 3-pointer by Lindsay Atchison to push the score to 45-33.

The Red Dragons made one last attempt to come back using a lay-up from Slagle and a pair of foul shots by Kate Wilverding to bring the score to 45-37 with 3:09 to play. 

With Oneonta forced to foul, King's came through down the stretch from the charity stripe as Michaels made five of six foul shots. Manning then scored on a driving lay-up and Simcox added a steal and lay-up along with two more foul shots to up the Lady Monarch advantage to 56-39 with 0:50 to play.

Michaels was joined in double figures by Simcox with 13 points and nine rebounds, along with 13 points from Rader who returned to the line-up after missing the last three games with an injury.

Rader gave King's a much-needed boost, going 3-7 from 3-point range. Manning contributed six points and eight rebounds while Atchison finished with five points and four boards.

Oneonta was paced by Slagle with 13 points and eight rebounds while Szkotak followed with 11 points and eight boards. Pappalardo chipped in with six points, five assists, and four steals.