Four Belmont Abbey starters reached double figures as the Crusaders women's basketball team shot 48 percent from the floor and never trailed in an easy 72-50 victory over Southern Wesleyan this evening inside the Wheeler Center. Belmont Abbey earns a season sweep over the Warriors as it improves to 6-8 overall and 5-3 in Conference Carolinas, while Southern Wesleyan drops to 4-10 overall and 1-7 in the league.
Playing eight days after an 81-78 Crusaders win in Central, South Carolina, Belmont Abbey fired on all cylinders as the Crusaders scored the first seven points of the contest to put the game away early.
Junior forward Gabrielle Bethel, who torched the Warriors for a career-high 30 points and 15 rebounds eight days ago, notched 23 points and ten rebounds to lead all players. Alex Busch added 14 points, while Taylor Gittings added 12 and Larisa Bishop chipped in with 11 points and seven assists.
Belmont Abbey built a 25-11 lead after the opening quarter in which it made 11 of 14 from the field (78 percent), while holding Southern Wesleyan to just four made field goals while forcing 10 turnovers.
Southern Wesleyan found its stride in the second, outscoring the Crusaders 14-13, but the lead never dropped into single digits as Belmont Abbey carried a 38-25 lead into halftime.
Belmont Abbey maintained control in the third quarter as it outscored the Warriors 14-9 to carry a 52-34 lead into the final quarter.
The fourth quarter was all Belmont Abbey, as the Crusaders largest lead of the game came in the period on a Bishop three pointer with 4:36 left that moved the lead to 66-40.
The final was 72-50 as all but two players scored.
Belmont Abbey shot 48 percent from the field and converted seven of 23 from three point range and nine of 11 from the line.
Belmont Abbey is back in action Saturday at 2:00 when it hosts Barton.