Tied 33-33 at the half, the Belmont Abbey women's basketball team opened the second half on a 27-4 tear in the first nine minutes to pull away from Lees-McRae and post a 79-64 this evening inside Williams Gymnasium. Belmont Abbey wins for the fourth-straight time as it improves to 12-8 overall and 8-6 in Conference Carolinas, while the Bobcats drop to 5-15 overall and 4-10 in league play. Belmont Abbey sweeps the season series from the Bobcats.
The two teams entered halftime tied at 33 as the Abbey outscored the Bobcats 8-2 in the final 2:49 to pull even after it trailed 31-25.
The second half was all Crusaders, as the Abbey opened the second half on a 27-4 run and never looked back.
Belmont Abbey scored the first ten points of the period in the opening 5:11 as Lees-McRae missed its first six shots and turned the ball over three times before Kerri Belcher's layup at the 14:11 mark.
After Belcher's layup, Belmont Abbey zipped ahead on a 13-0 run to surge ahead by 21 at 56:35 with 11:05 to go.
Lees-McRae would find its offense as it cut the lead down to as few as 14, but the Crusaders lead was never threatened as they cruised home with a 15 point victory.
McKenzie Owen led all players with 27 points, 15 coming in the second half on 6-8 shooting. She added ten rebounds and a blocked shot. Gabrielle Bethel netted 11 points to go along with eight rebounds. Morgan Midkiff and Briana Grier both finished with seven points. Midkiff handed out seven assists and Grier finished with four.
The Crusaders shot 45 percent from the field, including 51 percent in the second half, but made just 2-9 from three-point range, and 21-26 from the free throw line.