Women's Basketball Loses At Erskine, 72-71

Women's Basketball Loses At Erskine, 72-71

The Belmont Abbey women's basketball team led 70-66 with 1:32 to play, but Erskine scored six of the game's final seven points to rally back from a 17 point halftime deficit and earn a 72-71 victory this evening inside Belk Arena.

Belmont Abbey, playing for the first time in 13 days, falls to 8-3 overall and 4-1 in Conference Carolinas, while the Flying Fleet improve to 6-5 overall and 4-1 in league play.

The Crusaders were on the road for the first time in five league games as they stormed ahead 31-10 in the first 10:24 of the game, which represented the highest lead of the game for either team.

Belmont Abbey lead 46-29 at the half as Morgan Midkiff scored 19 points as the Crusaders shot 54 percent from the field while Erskine converted 11 of 30 from the floor.

The second half was a role reversal as Erskine outscored the Crusaders 43-25 but Belmont Abbey maintained its lead until an Ashley Espinosa jumper with 27 seconds left put the Fleet ahead with the winning bucket.

Two free throws from Caitlyn Ranson moved the Abbey's lead to 70-65 with 2:33 left, but Erskine scored six of the final seven to get the victory.

Espinosa made one of two from the line with 1:32 showing trim the lead to four. After an Abbey turnover on the next possession, Raygon Hendrix slashed the lead to one with a three pointer at the 54 second mark.

An Abbey jumper on the other end was missed, and Espinosa gave Erskine its first lead of the game with 27 seconds left as she made a short jumper.

Four seconds later, Espinosa fouled Midkiff, who made the first free throw-her only point of the second half-but missed the second as the score stood deadlocked a 71.

The Crusaders fouled Espinosa with 20 seconds left, and she made the first but missed the second. Gabrielle Bethel grabbed the rebound as the Crusaders had one final chance to win, but Larisa Bishop's three pointer with 13 seconds left was off the mark as Erskine ran out the clock to seal the win.

Midkiff led all scorers with 20 points on 8-21 shooting from the field with five rebounds, five assists and a steal.

Tajanna Brown added 13 points and six rebounds, while McKenzie Owen netted eight and eight rebounds.

The Crusaders will have to bounce back quickly, as they are back in action tomorrow night at 5:30 with a road contest at first year Conference Carolinas member Emmanuel.