FRANKLIN SPRINGS, Ga. - A fourth quarter surge by the Crusader women's basketball team capped off a 60-56 win at Emmanuel College (Ga.) this weekend. The victory moves The Abbey to 14-6 on the year, and 11-2 against conference opponents. The Lions are now 10-7 overall and 5-6 in conference play.
Emry Tsitouris scored each of the first four Crusader points of the contest. Keyanna Spivey broke a scoring drought with a jumper, followed by an Irelynn Davisson 3-pointer to pull The Abbey back to within a point at 10-9, which was the score at the end of the first quarter.
Allie Downing got the scoring started in the second for The Abbey, sparking an 8-2 run which put Belmont Abbey in front 17-14. Then, with less than a minute to go in the period, Downing made two free throws and a layup to make it a 23-23 tie at halftime.
Tsitouris got the scoring started in the third, with a jumper at the 7:24 mark. Later in the period, Hannah Roney made back-to-back 3-point shots pull The Abbey to within two points at 35-33. Alex Busch hit a jump shot with 25 seconds to go, and the Lions held a 40-35 edge heading into the final period.
A 9-0 Crusader run early in the fourth put The Abbey in front 44-42 with 6:47 to play. Then the lead went back and forth for a few minutes. Then the Crusaders went on a 13-0 run over a 2:49 span. Briana Briana scored nine points during the surge. She also knocked down a free throw in the closing seconds to cap a 60-56 Belmont Abbey win.
On the day, Downing led the Crusaders with 14 points and seven rebounds. She also earned two steals. Tsitouris scored 10 points and grabbed six rebounds. Grier finished with 10 points and five assists.
Up next for The Abbey is a Wednesday, January 31 matchup against Lees-McRae. That game will tip off at 5:30 p.m. in the Wheeler Center.