Belmont Abbey junior forward Gabrielle Bethel posted her tenth double double of the season with 15 points and 14 rebounds, but Mount Olive shot 42 percent from the floor and forced 30 Crusader turnovers to post an 80-59 Conference Carolinas women's basketball victory this evening in Kornegay Arena. The two teams split the season series as Mount Olive improves to 9-8 overall and 7-4 in Conference Carolinas, while the Abbey falls to 7-10 overall and 6-5 in the league.
The Crusaders never led after opening the game on a 5-2 spurt as Mount Olive built a 21-17 lead after one quarter. The hosts never relinquished the advantage as the Trojans outscored the Abbey 17-15 in the second to carry a 38-32 lead into halftime.
Trailing 34-26 with 3:46 to play in the second, Belmont Abbey scored six of the final ten points of the half to cut the margin down to six.
The third quarter was again tightly contested, as Mount Olive only outscored Belmont Abbey 23-21. Belmont Abbey cut the lead down to as few as two on a Larisa Bishop layup with 4:18 showing, but Mount Olive closed the period on a 13-8 flurry to lead 61-53 entering the final quarter.
The fourth quarter was all Mount Olive, as the homestanding Trojans outscored the Crusaders 19-6 to blow the game open. Mount Olive opened the period on 14-4 run to surge ahead 64-57, and the hosts would go on to score the final six points of the contest to win by 21.
Bethel posted 15 points and 14 rebounds with two steals and two blocked shots. Bishop added 16 points, three rebounds and an assist, with Alex Busch totaling 14 points, five rebounds and two assists. Alexius Hampton handed out seven assists, grabbed five rebounds and collected three steals.
Belmont Abbey shot 42 percent from the field but made just two of seven from three point range and seven of nine from the line.