After missing its first seven shots of the game, the Emmanuel women's basketball team sank seven of its next ten to secure a lead it would never lose again midway through the first quarter and post a 76-54 Conference Carolinas victory this evening inside the Wheeler Center. Emmanuel moves to 9-4 overall and 5-2 in the league, while the Crusaders drop to 5-8 overall and 4-3 in the league.
Belmont Abbey scored the first five points of the game as the Lions missed their first seven shots. Emmanuel netted its first points at the 4:34 mark of the first half as Mikayla Trombley started a 20-4 quarter closing run to give the Lions a 20-9 lead after the first quarter.
The Crusaders fought back in the second quarter, closing their deficit down to six at 27-21 on a three pointer from Alex Busch at the 2:25 mark, but Emmanuel scored the final nine points of the half on a string of four consecutive baskets, to carry a 36-24 lead into halftime.
Emmanuel pulled away in the third quarter, outscoring the Crusaders 22-17 as it opened the period on an 18-8 run to surge ahead 54-34. The Crusaders closed the stanza on a 7-1 flourish to cut Emmanuel's lead to 58-41 entering the final period.
The Lions stopped any potential Belmont Abbey comeback attempt in the fourth quarter, as the guests scored the first 12 points of the period. Belmont Abbey's first points of the quarter came at the 5:47 mark on a Larisa Bishop three pointer. The Lions would go on to win easily, 76-54.
Emmanuel finished with a 44 percent shooting effort from the floor, including 37 percent from three point range.
Belmont Abbey converted 31 percent of its shots as Busch led the way with 15 points. She was the only Crusader to reach double figures.
The Crusaders are back in action Wednesday at 5:30 as it welcomes Southern Wesleyan.