Davisson Scores Career-High 18 in Abbey's 98-61 Win

Davisson Scores Career-High 18 in Abbey's 98-61 Win

BELMONT, N.C. - Freshman guard Irelynn Davisson scored a career-high 18 points as Belmont Abbey earned a 98-61 victory over Johnson and Wales University of Charlotte.  The Crusaders are now 5-3 on the season.  The Wildcats moved to 7-3.

The Abbey trailed 10-7 early, but a 7-2 run put the Crusaders in front 15-12.  A layup by senior Emry Tsitouris closed out the quarter, which was tied at 17.  Belmont Abbey jumped out to a 22-17 lead to start the second, highlighted by a three-point shot by Allie Downing.  A 3-pointer by Davisson gave the Crusaders a 29-27 advantage with 4:34 left in the half.  The defense also stepped up, allowing just one Johnson and Wales basket in the final 2:36 of the period.  At halftime, the Crusaders led 39-33.

Alex Busch nailed a 3-pointer to start the second half.  The defense continued to prevent the Wildcats from scoring.  A Maria Kuhlman 3-pointer put The Abbey in out 45-35.  At the 5:49 mark, Davisson hit another 3 to give Belmont Abbey a 54-39 lead.  Freshman Hannah Roney then made a 3-point shot at the clock expired to put the Crusaders in front 61-49 at the end of the quarter.  The Crusader defense did not give up a Wildcat 3-point shot in the period.

Belmont Abbey went on a 7-2 run in a 1:30 span to go in front 68-53, capped by a Kuhlman three-pointer.  With 4:44 to play, Downing nailed another 3-pointer to give the Crusaders a commanding 78-56 advantage.  The Abbey went 5-for-5 from 3-point range in the quarter en route to a 98-61 victory.  The Crusaders outscored the Wildcats 37-12 in the final quarter.

On the night, Davisson's career-high 18 points led the Crusaders.  Downing contributed 16 points with eight boards.  Tsitouris finished with 14 points and nine rebounds.  Briana Grier handed out a game-high five assists.  As a unit, the Crusaders recorded 23 assists to Johnson and Wales' nine.  The Crusaders also shot 50% from 3-point range, going 15-30.

Up next, Belmont Abbey will welcome conference opponent Southern Wesleyan on Saturday, December 9.  Tip-off is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.