FRANKLIN SPRINGS, GA - The Belmont Abbey women's basketball team fought hard, but dropped a 71-51 contest to Emmanuel College (GA) this afternoon. The loss puts the Abbey at 9-12 on the year and 7-9 in conference play. The Lions move to 10-10 overall, with a 8-8 Conference Carolinas record.
Though Belmont Abbey trailed early, it didn't take long to come back, as back-to-back jumpers by Briana Grier pulled the Abbey to within three at 12-9. Taylor Johnson ended the quarter by making two free throws, and Emmanuel led 18-13 heading into the second. In the second, Belmont Abbey's defense was the highlight, as it gave up just one Lion field goal in the first three minutes. Several other scoring droughts forced by the Crusaders kept the score close. At halftime, Emmanuel had a 35-25 lead.
The Abbey got off to a much better start in the third, putting up four early points, followed by a 6-0 by Johnson alone. Grier then nailed a jump shot to pull the Crusaders within five at 42-37 with 5:30 in the quarter. At the end of the period, however, the Crusaders trailed by 12, 53-41. In the fourth, it took 1:37 before either team scored a point. Belmont Abbey put a spurt together late in the period, with four points in less than a minute, but in the end fell short 71-51.
The Crusaders will be back in action on Wednesday, when it hosts Mt. Olive on Gaston County Schools Job Fair Day.