BELMONT, NC - The Belmont Abbey women's basketball team won a 103-68 contest over Lees-McRae College in the Wheeler Center this evening. The win puts the Crusaders at 9-9 this season and 7-6 in Conference Carolinas play. The Bobcats are now 1-18 on the year and 1-12 against conference opponents. The game marks the first time this season the Abbey passed the 100-point mark in a single contest.
The first quarter was all Abbey, as the quarter ended with a 22-6 score. Guard Larisa Bishop led the way in the early going with three three-point shots in the opening period. At the 7:06 mark in the second, the Abbey margin eclipsed the 20-point mark as center Taylor Gittings hit a jumper. Belmont Abbey continued to shoot the ball well, and by halftime owned a 51-24 lead. The Crusaders scored nine points in the last two minutes of the period.
In the third, Belmont Abbey also showed strength in its free throw shooting, scoring each of its first five points in the quarter from the stripe. After that, freshman Chrystal Ezechukwu scored five points in a span of one minute. It didn't take long for junior Alex Busch to follow up, scoring six points in a minute and a half. She also hit the shot that ended the period to give the Abbey a 77-47 advantage. In the fourth, Belmont Abbey kept rolling. Busch scored nine points in the period, and the Abbey took the 103-68 victory.
The Abbey had a very balanced offense throughout the night, with four players scoring between 12 and 21 points. Busch's season-high 21, including 7-7 from the free throw line, led the team. There were also four Crusaders who registered three or more assists, with junior Briana Grier leading the way with six. The team as a whole scored a season-high ten three-pointers.
The Crusaders will be back in action tomorrow when it welcomes King University for a 2pm tip-off.