Belmont Abbey Women's Basketball Clinches a win Against Pfeiffer, 67-56

Belmont Abbey Women's Basketball Clinches a win Against Pfeiffer, 67-56

In a must-win scenario for the Belmont Abbey Women's Basketball team, Gabrielle Bethel picked up her 16th double-double as the Crusaders defeated Pfeiffer by a 67-56 score at Merner Gymnasium. The Crusaders are now in a three way tie for the seventh spot in the Conference Carolinas standings. At 7-14 in conference play, the Crusaders find themselves in another must-win game at Converse on Friday. 

The Crusaders raced out to a ten point lead with a solid defensive effort that held the Falcons to four points in the opening stanza.  Pfeiffer would manage to climb back into the contest with a 21 point outburst in the second quarter, trimming the Abbey lead to 27-25.

The second half would be a springboard for the Abbey offense, outscoring Pfeiffer 40-31 in the final 20 minutes, as Gabrielle Bethel scored 16 in the half to lead the Crusaders back to a double figure lead. On the night, the junior from Fayetteville, would get a game-high 22 points and 10 rebounds.

Alex Busch and Taylor Johnson would each contribute nine points, with Briana Grier dropping six dimes on the night.

With the win tonight, the Crusaders split the season series and position themselves in a three-way tie with Pfeiffer and Lees-McRae, with two spots up for grabs. The tiebreaker scenario favors Pfeiffer first, then the Abbey.

Lees-McRae will take on North Greenville Friday, while Pfeiffer faces Southern Wesleyan.  The Crusaders could still finish a six seed with a win over Converse and losses by North Greenville and Pfeiffer.

The regular season for the Lady Crusaders will conclude with a 7:00PM tip in Spartanburg.  A win over Converse would clinch a spot in the Conference Carolinas tournament, beginning Monday on the road.