Belmont Abbey sophomore guard Morgan Midkiff posted a double double with 13 points and ten rebounds as three Crusaders reached double figures in a 73-53 women's basketball victory at Livingstone this evening. Belmont Abbey, winners of three-straight, improve to 4-2, while Livingstone drops to 3-3.
The Crusaders never trailed after falling behind 10-8 with 11:18 in the first half, as they fired right back with a 10-0 run to grab a 17-10 lead and hold the advantage for good.
Kelsey Long scored the final two points of the half, with 30 seconds left on a pair of free throws, to send the Crusaders into the break with a 36-28 lead.
Livingstone scored the first four points to open the half and cut the Abbey lead down to 36-32, but the Crusaders rallied with a 15-4 run over the next three minutes to build their lead back to 15 at 51-36 with 134:29 to play.
Belmont Abbey maintained its double digit lead while holding Livingstone to just two field goals in the final 7:23. The Bears totaled just four points in the final 3:17, as its last point of the game came on a free throw with 55 ticks left.
The Crusaders shot 37 percent from the field as McKenzie Owen led all scorers with 19 points. She also had seven rebounds. Morgan Midkiff notched a double double with 13 points and a game-high ten rebounds. She also had three assists and a pair of steals. Kelsey Long added 14 points. The Abbey made just three of 18 from beyond-the-arc but outrebounded Livingstone 50-43.