Second Half Rally Not Enough as Crusaders Fall to Barton

Second Half Rally Not Enough as Crusaders Fall to Barton

By John Fitzgerald

The Abbey's Women's Basketball team fell to Barton 75-67 in Wilson tonight.  The loss brings the Abbey's record to 7-19 on the year and 6-14 in conference play.  Barton improves to 14-13 with a 12-8 conference record.

The game began in Barton's favor, as it built an early four-point lead, and the Crusaders were not able to take the lead until an Alex Busch three-pointer six minutes into the game.  Barton, however, tied the game at 14 and did not surrender the lead for the rest of the quarter.

Barton also started the second quarter strong, as the Abbey only managed two free throws for the first 3:55 of the period, when Busch made another key jumper.  After the Busch shot, the Abbey did not score for another two and a half minutes.  During this drought, however, the Abbey played solid defense, and did not let the Barton lead to grow beyond six.

Barton did go up by seven later with 2:34 left in the first half, but the Abbey ended the half on a
6-0 run to pull within a point by halftime, 32-31.

The third quarter was much better for the Crusaders, as a layup by Larisa Bishop two minutes into the period put the Abbey in front 37-36 for its first lead since the opening quarter.  Another layup by Bishop later in the quarter gave the Abbey its largest lead of the day, 48-42.  At the end of the third, Belmont Abbey led 52-51.

Barton made a run early in the fourth, scoring six points in the period's first five minutes.  The Crusaders responded with a run of their own as they scored eight points in a two-minute span, making it a two-point game.

With four minutes to go in the game Taylor Gittings made a jumper to tie the game at 64.  From that point on, Belmont Abbey only managed to score three points, as it took a 75-67 loss.

On the night, Busch led the Crusaders with 17 points and seven rebounds.  She also paced the defense with three steals.  Briana Grier handed out a game-high eight assists.  The Crusaders shot an impressive 51.9% from the field.

Belmont Abbey will next visit Pfeiffer on Tuesday.