The Belmont Abbey women's basketball team suffered its first loss of the season this afternoon as it fell to Virginia State by a 74-56 score this afternoon at the Chick-Fil-A Viking Shootout on the campus of Elizabeth City State. Virginia State improves to 2-0 while the Abbey is now 1-1.
The Crusaders trailed by just three at the half, but Virginia State shot 51 percent from the floor in the second half as it outscored the Crusaders 43-28.
Belmont Abbey led 15-13 with 13:03 left in the first half on a layup by McKenzie Owen, but the Vikings responded with an 8-3 run to claim a 21-18 lead. Belmont Abbey fought back with an 8-0 run of its own, capped off by a Catilyn Ranson three-pointer, to own its largest lead of the game, five points at 26-21 with 4:20 left.
Virginia State answered by scoring the next ten points of the game as the Crusaders turned the ball over on their next four possessions. A layup by Tajanna Brown layup stemmed the tide, as her basket with 1:08 left was the final points of the half as Virginia State carried a 31-28 advantage into the break.
Melisa Foures opened the second half by scoring the first four Crusader points, with her second basket closing the gap to just one point at 33-32, but the Vikings pulled away from there as they went on a 24-6 run over the next nine minutes to pull away for good, and would win, 74-56.
Owen led the Abbey with 12 points and six rebounds, while Brown recorded ten rebounds after grabbing 12 last night. She added seven points. Kelsey Long contributed ten points and five assists. Belmont Abbey shot 38 percent from the field and converted just nine of 16 from the free throw line.