BELMONT, N.C. - Freshman Keyanna Spivey scored a career-high 16 points this evening in the Crusaders' 90-55 win over Southern Wesleyan. The victory puts The Abbey at 6-3 on the season, with a 3-0 conference record. SWU is now 0-6 overall and 0-3 against conference opponents.
The Abbey jumped out to a 10-2 lead to start the game. Then a 10-0 run put the Crusaders in front 22-7. At the end of the quarter, The Abbey held a solid 30-11 advantage. In the second, the Crusader defense did not surrender a Warrior point for the first three minutes of the period. A layup by Emry Tsitouris gave Belmont Abbey a 35-16 lead. With 3:42 to go in the half, a layup by Spivey made it a 41-20 lead. Then in the final 40 seconds of the half, the Crusaders sunk three free throws to own a 48-24 lead at halftime.
In the third, the Crusaders held the Warriors to one point in a span of three minutes. During the stretch, Briana Grier capped off a run that put The Abbey in front 54-29. Spivey then scored the final four Crusaders points of the quarter to give the Crusaders a 63-42 advantage heading into the final period. The Crusaders went on a 10-2 run to start the fourth. The Crusaders then forced Southern Wesleyan into another scoring drought of nearly three minutes. Allie Downing nailed a three-pointer to give the Crusaders a 79-49 lead. The Abbey defense only allowed four SWU field goals in the final quarter, and finished with a 90-55 victory.
On the night, Spivey's career-high 16 were a game-high. Her eight rebounds were tied with two teammates for the game-high. Tsitouris scored 15 points and grabbed eight boards. Maria Kuhlman scored 11, while pulling down eight rebounds. Downing contributed 12 points and five boards. Grier had a game-high six assists. As a team, the Crusaders outrebounded the Warriors 43-25.
Belmont Abbey will next visit King University in Bristol, Tenn. on Saturday, December 16. That game will tip-off at 2 p.m.