By John Fitzgerald
The Belmont Abbey Women's Basketball team lost at King 64-47 this evening. It was the Abbey's eighth loss in a row, putting the team's overall record at 7-16 and the conference record at 6-11. King improved to 15-8 on the year and 14-3 against conference opponents.
The Crusaders started the game out strong, scoring each of the game's first five points. The Abbey maintained its lead throughout the entire quarter.
The Abbey, however, began the second with a drought, as a Larisa Bishop jumper produced the only two Crusader points in the first four minutes of the period. Later in the quarter the Abbey made a run in which it scored six points in a span of 1:04 to go up by four. With four seconds left in the period, the Crusaders gave up a three-pointer. It was the first time the Crusaders trailed in the game.
Belmont Abbey regained the lead in the third, and held it for the period's opening minutes. With 5:20 to play, however, the Tornado took the lead on a three-pointer and never looked back. In the fourth, the Crusaders only managed to score 11 points. Junior Marilyn Malphrus scored five points in the game's final minute, all on free throws.
On the day, Gabrielle Bethel led the Crusaders with 12 points and a game-high nine rebounds. Another positive statistic was that seven different Crusaders recorded an assist in the game. On a similar note, the Abbey recorded assists on two-thirds of its field goals (10 of 15).
Belmont Abbey will be back for more action Saturday night when it hosts Converse.