TIGERVILLE, S.C. - Freshman Hannah Roney scored a career-high 17 points at North Greenville this evening in The Abbey's 87-72 loss. Belmont Abbey now stands at 17-8 on the season, and 14-4 in conference play. North Greenville improved to 6-18 overall, and 5-12 in Conference Carolinas play.
The Abbey got off to a fantastic start, scoring each of the first 15 points of the game. Roney scored six of those points. A 3-pointer by Allie Downing put BAC in front 27-10 at the 1:16 mark. Downing also closed out the opening quarter with two free throws, and Belmont Abbey led 30-13 at the end of the period. North Greenville made a run early in the second, but Keyanna Spivey halted it with a basket at the 8:02 mark to make it a 32-21 Abbey lead. Back-to-back jumpers by Briana Grier made it a 38-30 game. Two free throws by Grier and a jumper by Spivey off a nice pass from Irelynn Davisson gave BAC a 43-35 lead at halftime.
In the third, the Belmont Abbey defense started off strong, giving up just one NGU field goal for almost three minutes to open the period. By the five minute mark, the lead was going back and forth. A 3-pointer by Downing made it a 55-54 game in favor of North Greenville. It was the last time the Abbey would keep it that close, as NGU finished off the 87-72 win.
On the night, Roney's 17 points led The Abbey. Downing contributed 14 points, five rebounds, two steals, and two blocked shots. Emry Tsitouris finished with 13 points and nine rebounds. Spivey scored 13 points and had three steals.
Belmont Abbey will welcome King University (TN) on Saturday night at 5:30, when the team will celebrate its Senior Night.