BELMONT, N.C. - Freshman Maria Kuhlman scored 19 points to lead the Crusaders, but The Abbey lost the contest to Newberry 77-57. It was the final game of the Conference Carolinas-SAC Showdown. Belmont Abbey is now 0-2 on the year, while the Wolves improved to 1-1.
The Abbey trailed by eight early, but came back to take a lead with four minutes left in the first. A Kuhlman 3-pointer at the 2:20 mark gave the Crusaders a six-point lead. At the end of the period, the Wolves led 19-18. In the second, senior Briana Grier sunk a free throw to bring The Abbey to within five at 31-26. Freshman Keyanna Spivey later hit a free throw to make it a 31-28 Newberry lead going into halftime.
Grier also made the first basket for the Crusaders in the third. Freshman Hannah Roney hit a 3-pointer with 6:42 in the quarter. At the end of the period, Newberry led 58-34. Freshman Allie Downing got the Crusader offense going early in the fourth. A Kuhlman 3-pointer with 6:29 left in the game kept the offense going. She scored eight points in the period, but at the end, the Wolves took the contest 77-57.
On the day, Kuhlman's 19 points were a team-high. She also dished out a team-high three assists. Senior Emry Tsitouris grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds.
In the day's first game, Limestone defeated Coker 62-52.
Belmont Abbey will be back in action on Tuesday, November 14, when it visits Mars Hill for an 8:00 p.m. matchup.