The Belmont Abbey women's basketball team outscored Winston-Salem State 14-4 in the final 5:32 after leading just 60-59 to pull away and earn a 72-63 road victory this evening. The win, the Abbey's third-straight, improves the Crusaders record to 3-1, while the Rams fall to 2-2.
Belmont Abbey held off a charging Rams surge in the second half after the Crusaders held a 41-28 lead at intermission.
WSSU opened the half on a 22-11 run to deadlock the contest at 51 with 10:35 to play, but a Gabrielle Bethel steal and Caitlyn Ranson three-pointer moved the Abbey ahead for good at 54-51. Two possessions later, Bethel's layup stretched the lead to five.
The Rams surged closed the lead to one at 60-59 with 5:51 to play but the Crusaders again absorbed the blow and put the game away for good by scoring 14 of the game's final 18 points to seal the victory.
McKenzie Owen led all scorers with 17 points and six rebounds. Morgan Midkiff added 15 points, six rebounds and five assists. Ashia Holmes chipped in with 14 points, 11 rebounds, three assists, one steal and a blocked shot.
The Crusaders shot 43 percent from the field and made 16 of 20 from the free throw line.
Belmont Abbey is back in action Tuesday night at 5:30 when it hosts Lees-McRae.