Emry Tsitouris Posts Double-Double in Win Over Lions

Emry Tsitouris Posts Double-Double in Win Over Lions

MARS HILL, N.C. - Emry Tsitouris recorded her second double-double in three games as Belmont Abbey earned a 77-65 victory at Mars Hill University this evening.  The Abbey improved to 1-2 on the year.  The Lions are also now 1-2.

After trailing early in the contest, the Crusaders went on an 8-2 run, capped by a three-point play by Tsitouris, to take an 18-17 lead.  At the end of the first quarter, Mars Hill led 23-21.  In the second, the defensive play came out strong, holding the Lions to one basket in a 2:33 span.  Belmont Abbey ended the half on a 5-0 run, capped by a jumper from Allie Downing, to take a 40-36 lead into halftime.

The streak continued into the second half, which Belmont Abbey opened with a 6-0 run to take a 46-36 lead.  The stubborn Abbey defense did not give up a point for the first three minutes of the period.  With 1:52 left in the third, a layup by Keyla Hines, who made the ensuing free throw, gave The Abbey a 58-45 lead.  The Crusaders led 63-50 at the end of the quarter.  Then, with 5:42 left in the game, Irelynn Davisson nailed a three-pointer to give The Abbey its largest lead of the game at 72-54.  From there, Belmont Abbey maintained a double-digit lead, en route to a 77-65 win.

On the night, Tsitouris was the Crusaders' leader with 15 points and 13 rebounds.  Maria Kuhlman scored 18.  Briana Grier and Hannah Roney each handed out five assists and earned two steals.

Up next for Belmont Abbey is a visit to Tusculum College on Thursday, November 16.  Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m.