BELMONT, N.C. - Maria Kuhlman led a quartet of Crusaders who scored in double figures in this evening's 71-61 victory over Mount Olive. With the win, Belmont Abbey improves to 14-6 on the year, with an 11-2 record in Conference Carolinas play. The Abbey has also clinched a spot in the Conference Carolinas tournament. The Trojans dipped to 13-6 overall, and 9-4 in conference play.
How it Happened
- Right from the start, the Crusaders played strong, jumping out to a 14-2 lead early in the contest. A layup by Manuela Fungate in the closing seconds of the quarter gave The Abbey a 21-10 lead at the end of the first
- Fungate got the second quarter started off with another layup and a 23-10 Abbey lead. Defensively, the Crusaders closed out the quarter by holding the Trojans to one basket in the last 2:10 of the period, and held a 34-31 advantage at halftime
- A Mount Olive run early in the third gave the Trojans a brief lead, but a Keyanna Spivey layup gave The Abbey a lead at the 4:28 mark that it would keep for the rest of the game. The layup sparked a 13-0 Abbey run
- The Crusaders led 56-44 heading into the final period
- The two teams traded baskets early in the fourth, before the Crusaders forced Mount Olive into a scoring drought of nearly four minutes. Hannah Roney capped off the period with two free throws, and Belmont Abbey took the 71-61 victory
- Kuhlman scored a team-high 14 points. Spivey scored 13 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Allie Downing contributed 11 points and seven board
Belmont Abbey will welcome Emmanuel College to the Wheeler Center on Saturday, February 2 for a 5:30 p.m. contest.