The nationally seventh-ranked Limestone Saints led for the entire game as the Saints shot 51 percent from the field in a 97-52 Conference Carolinas women's basketball victory this evening inside the Wheeler Center. The Saints remain unbeaten at 15-0 overall and 10-0 in the league, while the Crusaders, which closed out a five game homestand this evening, drop to 7-9 overall and 6-4 in Conference Carolinas.
Limestone never trailed as it built a 22-11 lead after one quarter, then outscored the Crusaders 19-7 in the second to carry a 41-18 lead into the break. Belmont Abbey scored the final points of the half as Alexius Hampton drained a 27 foot three pointer at the buzzer.
The third quarter featured plenty of offense as the two teams combined to score 59 points in the period. Limestone shot 63 percent from the floor, including seven three pointers in 12 attempts, in the period alone, while Belmont Abbey converted nine of 18 from the floor.
Limestone closed the game outscoring Belmont Abbey 21-10 in the final quarter to seal the 97-52 victory.
Belmont Abbey was led by Larisa Bishop, who netted a career-high 20 points on seven of 10 shooting from the floor, including three of four from three point range. She was the only Crusader to reach double figures as Belmont Abbey shot 34 percent (20-58) from the floor, including eight of 23 from three point range, while making just four of 12 from the free throw line. Gabrielle Bethel led all players with ten rebounds to go along with seven points. Alex Busch added eight points, five rebounds and three assists.
The Crusaders go on the road for their next four games, starting with Saturday's tilt at King. Tip-off is slated for 2:00 p.m.