Belmont Abbey junior guard Morgan Midkiff led all scorers with 20 points and ten rebounds and senior forward Tajanna Brown also added a double double with 18 points and 11 rebounds as the Crusaders women's basketball team opened Conference Carolinas play with an 81-64 victory over Barton this evening inside the Wheeler Center. The Crusaders are now 2-1, 1-0 in league play, while Barton drops to 1-2 overall and 0-1 in the league.
The win snaps a 15 game losing streak to the Bulldogs, as the last win before tonight came on January 10, 2008 by a 71-70 score.
Belmont Abbey, which never trailed in the game after being down 3-2, led 43-29 at the break as it closed the half on a 14-4 run in the final 3:41 after Barton sliced the gap to four at 29-25. The Crusaders went in to the lockerroom ahead by 14 as Midkiff drained a three followed by a short jumper from Brown that punctuated the scoring for the half.
The second half was all Crusaders, as the Abbey's lead grew to as high as 26 on an Amari Moreland layup with 3:41 to play.
In the second half alone, Belmont Abbey shot 48 percent from the field and made three of five from beyond the arc.
Midkiff and Brown both logged double doubles as Midkiff scored 11 of her game-high 20 points in the second half. She sank six of ten from the field and converted five of six from the charity stripe. She added ten rebounds, five assists and two steals. Brown added a career-high 18 points on eight of ten shooting with 11 rebounds, three steals and an assist. McKenzie Owen chipped in with 14 points, three assists and two steals.
24 of the Abbey's 31 field goals were assisted as the Crusaders shot 46 percent from the field and five of ten from three-point range.