BELMONT, N.C. - Senior Emry Tsitouris posted a double-double in her first game for Belmont Abbey. The Crusaders lost the contest 71-66 in the second game of the Conference Carolinas-SAC Showdown.
The Abbey defense was strong right from the start, giving up just two Coker points in the first five and a half minutes of the contest. The Cobras led 18-11 after the first quarter. After falling behind 22-13 early in the second, the Crusaders went on a 9-0 run to tie the game up. The Abbey again fell into an eight-point deficit, and again stormed back, climbing to within a point by halftime, when it trailed 30-29.
The Abbey streak continued into the third, when Belmont Abbey capped off a 9-0 run to take a 31-30 lead. At 6:26 in the third, freshman Hannah Roney sunk a three-pointer to put the Crusaders up 39-34. At the end of the period, Coker led 48-43.
Keyanna Spivey made a layup and sunk a free throw to open the fourth. With eight minutes left in the game, Roney nailed a three-pointer to tie the game at 51. A jumper by freshman Allie Downing at the 4:22 mark notched the game at 58.
On the day, Downing scored a game-high 21 points in her college debut. She also grabbed seven rebounds. Tsitouris scored 15 and pulled down 12 boards. Senior Briana Grier handed out seven assists.
In the first day's contest, Limestone defeated Newberry 90-74.
The Crusaders will face Newberry tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. to close out the Showdown.