Belmont Abbey junior forward McKenzie Owen scored 19 of her game high 23 points in the second half to lead the Crusaders women's basketball team past Chowan 68-64 this evening in Murfreesboro. The win, the Abbey's second straight, improves the Crusaders record to 7-4, while the Hawks drop to 7-3. Two of Chowan's three losses have come from the Abbey, which also defeated the Hawks 64-61 in Belmont on November 18.
Owen totaled just four points in the first half on two of seven shooting, but she came alive in the second half, sinking seven of 10 from the field and five of six from the charity stripe. She also had six rebounds for the game. Morgan Midkiff added 15 points, four assists and two steals, while Candace Fox netted ten points, six assists and four steals.
The Crusaders trailed early in the first half and led by just two at the half, 27-25, and never surrendered the lead in the final 20 minutes.
Belmont Abbey never trailed, but Chowan did not go away, as it twice sliced ten point deficits down to four points and closing to a pair at 56-54 with 6:04 showing.
The Crusaders had an answer, scoring six of the next eight points to move the lead to 62-55 with 3:01 left.
Chowan mustered one final charge, as the Hawks used a 7-1 run-capped off by a Rachel Gostomski three-pointer with 36 seconds left-to close the Abbey's lead down to 66-64, but the Hawks did not score again, as Kelsey Long's two free throws with 14 seconds left sealed the win.