Belmont Abbey senior guard Kelsey Long scored nine points to give her exactly 1,000 for her career as the Crusaders women's basketball team outscored North Greenville 14-10 in overtime to earn a 65-61 win this evening in Tigerville in the Conference Carolinas opener for both teams. Belmont Abbey extends its winning streak to two as it improves to 3-2 overall and 1-0 in league play, while North Greenville falls to 1-2 overall and 0-1 in Conference Carolinas.
The Abbey never trailed in the first half as it built a 26-18 halftime lead, closing the period on an 11-5 run after North Greenville closed the lead to 15-13 with 5:41 to play.
In the second half the Abbey appeared to blow the game open, building a 16 point lead at 40-24 with 10:55 to go, but North Greenville fought back with a 24-8 run over the next eight minutes to knot the game at 48.
A Morgan Midkiff three-pointer on the Abbey's next possession gave the Crusaders a three-point lead with 2:03 left, but that would be final points of the second half for Belmont Abbey, as North Greenville's Tyler Powers swished a trifecta with six seconds left to knot the game at 51.
Belmont Abbey called a timeout, but Candace Fox's jumper at the buzzer did not connect, sending the game to an extra period.
In the extra period, Belmont Abbey outscored North Greenville 14-10, as Fox's two free throws with six seconds left pushed the lead to four. Fox's final two points of the game stalled a late North Greenville rally, as it closed the Abbey's lead to 63-61 with nine seconds left.
Belmont Abbey led by four at 63-59 on two Midkiff free throws with 21 seconds to play, but an Abbey foul sent Timisty Nelson to the line with nine seconds left. She made both of those to cut the Abbey's lead to three, but Fox sealed the game with the last of her five points.
Midkiff led all scorers with 23 points on nine of 22 shooting from the floor. She also had six assists. Owen added 18 points and just missed a double double as she hauled in nine rebounds.