The Barton women's basketball team outscored Belmont Abbey 12-10 in overtime after the two teams battled to a 61-61 stalemate after 40 minutes as the Lady Bulldogs earned a 73-71 overtime victory this evening at Wilson Gymnasium. Barton improves to 9-11 overall and 6-6 in Conference Carolinas, while the Abbey slips to 15-7 overall and 9-3 in Conference Carolinas. The win gives Barton the season sweep of the series.
Barton grabbed a 32-29 lead at the break on a last second layup by Tiffany Webster, but it was the Crusaders that outscored the Lady Bulldogs 32-29 in the second half to produce a 61-61 tie at the end of regulation.
Belmont Abbey led by as many as seven in the first half, while Barton's largest lead was six. Barton made just ten field goals in the first half, equaling the amount of turnovers it had, while Belmont Abbey also made ten shots and turned the ball over seven times.
Barton maintained its lead through the first eight minutes of the second half before a 7-0 Crusaders run moved the Abbey ahead 45-43 with 12:16 left. It was the first Crusader lead since the 2:03 mark of the first half.
Webster moved Barton back in front on its next trip, and after an Abbey turnover, the Lady Bulldogs extended their lead to three.
The Crusaders countered with a 6-0 mini run over the next minute and a half, capped off by a Caitlin Ranson three pointer to give the Abbey a 51-48 lead with 8:11 to go.
The two teams traded baskets from there until an 8-0 Crusader jaunt put them in front 61-58 with 1:21 left.
Owen's layup represented the final Abbey points of the half, as Barton scored the last three, using a Nyesha Willie running layup with seven seconds left to tie the game at 61.
Belmont Abbey had one last chance to win the game, but Candace Fox's layup with three ticks left was off, Calia Carter grabbed the rebound for Barton, and the game went to an extra period.
In the extra five minutes, Owen scored the first basket, but Webster countered with a three pointer to give Barton a 64-63 edge.
On the Abbey's next trip, after a missed Barton shot, Owen grabbed a missed Morgan Midkiff three pointer and converted the layup to give the Crusaders a 65-64 lead.
That would be the final Belmont Abbey lead of the game, as Barton sank two free throws on the other end to move ahead by one with 2:47 to go.
On the next Abbey possession, Owen was fouled. She missed the first but made the second to tie the game for the tenth time, this time at 66-66 with 2:28 to play.
After Barton went ahead on the other end, Owen scored her 22nd and final point, converting a layup with 1:52 showing to knot the game for the eleventh and final time at 68.
From there, Barton closed the game by scoring four of the final seven points, three coming from the free throw line.
The Abbey had one final chance in the final seconds. Trailing 73-70 with under five seconds left, Kelsey Long stole the ball and was immediately fouled. She made the first to cut the lead to 73-71 and intentionally missed the second and Fox grabbed the rebound, but the Crusaders did not get off a shot as Barton held on.
Belmont Abbey shot 37 percent as Owen scored 22 points on 8-20 shooting from the field. She also had ten rebounds and four assists. Tajanna Brown netted a career-high 17 points on eight of 12 shooting, while Midkiff added 11. Fox, the Conference Carolinas leader in assists, handed out five as 22 of the Abbey's 27 field goals were assisted.