BELMONT, N.C. - Allie Downing and Keyanna Spivey tied one another for a game-high 13 points to help lead the Belmont Abbey women's basketball team to a 70-53 victory this evening over Emmanuel College. The win puts The Abbey at 15-6 on the year, including a 12-2 Conference Carolinas record. The Lions dipped to 14-6 overall, and 9-4 in the conference. The 53 points given up by The Abbey are tied for a season best.
How it Happened
- The teams went back and forth early, with teams rarely building a lead bigger than three. At the end of the period the teams were tied at 17
- In the second, Manuela Fungate scored four straight Abbey points. Defensively, the Crusaders did not give up a Lion field after the 9:01 mark in the quarter. Belmont Abbey gave up just five points in the period, and held a 33-22 lead at halftime. Alexis Schulz scored eight points in the quarter
- Spivey scored four points early in the third. Again, The Abbey defense was excellent, not giving up a point in the first four minutes
- Downing scored five points in a span of 21 seconds to give the Crusaders a commanding 45-24 lead at the 5:17 mark
- Roney capped off the period with a 3 and the Crusaders held a strong 52-31 lead heading into the final period
- Belmont Abbey cruised in the fourth, with Kuhlman and Fungate each scoring four in the period, and the Crusaders finished off the 70-53 win
- On the night, Downing scored 13 points and pulled down seven rebounds, while Spivey scored 13 and grabbed eight boards
- Fungate contributed 10 points and eight rebounds, while Schulz finished with 12 points and five boards
- As a unit, Belmont Abbey shot 42.9% from the field
Belmont Abbey will welcome Barton College to the Wheeler Center on Wednesday, February 6 for a 5:30 p.m. contest.