Tied at 44 with 11:39 to play, the Belmont Abbey women's basketball team outscored Mount Olive 30-16 the rest of the way, including a 22-3 flurry in a five minute span, as the Crusaders women's basketball team won for the eighth time in the past nine games with a 74-60 victory over the visiting Lady Trojans this afternoon inside the Wheeler Center. Belmont Abbey improves to 16-9 overall and 12-7 in Conference Carolinas, while Mount Olive falls to 10-15 overall and 8-11 in league play. The two teams split the season series.
Next up for the Crusaders is a road game Wednesday night at North Greenville.
The contest featured six ties and eight lead changes but it was the Crusaders who secured the momentum late in the game.
Mount Olive held a 32-29 lead at halftime but the Crusaders remained close until they took over midway through the second half.
A Leah Graham three point play gave Mount Olive a 45-44 lead with 11:39 to go, but the Lady Trojans did not score again for the next four minutes-they only made five field goals in the last 11:39- as the Crusaders made their move.
Tajanna Brown gave the Abbey the lead for good on the Crusaders next possession, which started a 22-2 spurt that raised the lead to double figures at 66-47 with 5:16 to play.
The lead rose to as high as 21 points at 72-51 on two Caitlyn Ranson free throws with 2:45 to play as the Crusaders went on to win by 14, 74-60.
Four starters reached double figures led by Gabrielle Bethel's 16 points. She added ten rebounds for a double double. McKenzie Owen added 15 with Briana Grier and Morgan Midkiff adding 12 each. Grier added five assists with Owen grabbing five rebounds.
Belmont Abbey shot 42 percent from the field and made 6-19 from three-point range and 20-27 from the line.