Belmont Abbey senior forward McKenzie Owen scored 25 points and sophomore forward Gabrielle Bethel registered a double double with 11 points and ten rebounds, but the Limestone Saints never trailed as they earned a 91-66 Conference Carolinas victory this evening inside the Timken Center. The Saints, ranked fourth nationally, improve to 23-1 overall and 18-0 in the league, while the Crusaders, which had their seven game winning streak come to an end, fall to 15-9 overall and 11-7 in Conference Carolinas.
Limestone scored the first seven points of the game and never looked back as the Saints lead moved to as high as 15. The Crusaders cut the deficit down to as few as seven, but Limestone used a late surge to carry a ten point lead, 42-32, into the halftime break.
The second half saw Limestone shoot nearly 60 percent from the field as it recorded 49 points in the final 20 minutes.
Belmont Abbey pulled to within eight points on two Morgan Midkiff free throws with 6:48 to play, but Limestone closed the game on a 23-6 run to win by 25 points.
Owen led three Crusaders in double figures with 25 points on 10-21 shooting. She made all five of her free throw attempts and grabbed nine rebounds. Bethel notched a double double, her fourth of the year, with 11 points and ten rebounds. Midkiff came off the bench to score 12 points and hand out four assists.
The Crusaders shot 36 percent from the floor and converted 4-13 from three point range (30 percent).