Kuhlman Scores Career-High 26 as Crusaders Defeat Tigers

Kuhlman Scores Career-High 26 as Crusaders Defeat Tigers

BELMONT, N.C. - Sophomore Maria Kuhlman scored 26 points on 9-for-12 shooting to lead the Belmont Abbey women's basketball team past Benedict College 86-76 this evening.  The victory puts The Abbey at 2-1 on the season, while the Tigers move to 0-1.

How it Happened

  • Back-to-back three-pointers by Allie Downing got the Crusaders up early.  Downing, Kuhlman, and Keyanna Spivey scored all of The Abbey's points in the opening quarter, which Belmont Abbey took 23-19
  • In the second, the Crusader defense came out strong, not giving up a Benedict point for the first four minutes of the period.  Offensively, Manuela Fungate scored each of the first four Crusader points of the quarter
  • Kuhlman made two three-pointers to end the half for The Abbey, which led 36-34 at halftime
  • Spivey scored four points early in the third, giving Belmont Abbey a 50-36 advantage.  Then Irelynn Davisson scored five points in 32 seconds to make it a 45-38 Crusader lead
  • Belmont Abbey ended the quarter on a 7-2 run to own a 59-52 lead heading into the final period
  • Kuhlman scored 14 points over the last seven minutes of the game, including shooting 4-for-4 from 3-point range during the span.  The Crusaders finished the contest with the 86-76 victory
  • Kuhlman's 26 points were a game-high.  Downing scored 16 points and grabbed seven rebounds, while handing out six assists and blocking two shots.  Spivey finished with 14 points and five boards

Up Next

Belmont Abbey will welcome #18-ranked Virginia Union on Saturday for a 4 p.m. tip-off.