The Emmanuel Lions pulled away late in the first quarter after Belmont Abbey started the game on an 8-2 tear and never looked back to post an 80-57 Conference Carolinas home women's basketball victory this evening. The Lions earn a season sweep of the series as they improve to 12-6 overall and 8-4 in the league, while Belmont Abbey drops to 7-11 overall and 6-6 in the league.
Belmont Abbey opened the game on an 8-2 run in the first 2:51 but Emmanuel closed the period on a 13-9 run to take the lead by a point, 17-16 after one quarter.
Larisa Bishop opened the second quarter on a personal 7-3 run to give the Abbey a 23-20 lead with 8:13 to play and the lead went back and forth until the hosts closed the half on an 8-0 run in the final minute, stretching its halftime lead to 43-36 after Bishop had given the Abbey a 36-35 edge with 1:48 to go. Bishop finished with 11 points for the game, scoring nine of those in the second quarter.
Emmanuel picked right back where it left off to start the third quarter, going on a 14-7 run to begin the period and widen its lead to 57-43 with 4:13 to play. The lead stayed in double digits the rest of the game, as the Lions lead surged to 65-47 entering the fourth quarter.
The Lions outpaced the Crusaders 15-10 in the final period to earn the 23 point victory.
Bishop and Megan Weidenhamer both led the Crusaders with 11 points. Weidenhamer converted five of six from the field with two rebounds. Gabrielle Bethel posted her eleventh double double of the year with ten points and 14 rebounds. Alexius Hampton added 10 points, three rebounds and six assists.
Belmont Abbey shot 39 percent from the field but made just three of 12 from three point range and tuned the ball over 20 times.
The Crusaders are back in action tomorrow night at 5:30 with a road tilt at Erskine.