DUE WEST, S.C. - Allie Downing scored 14 points, but Erskine College made a late comeback to defeat Belmont Abbey 60-59. With the setback, The Abbey stands at 15-8, with a 12-4 conference record. The Flying Fleet are now 6-17, with a 3-12 Conference Carolinas record.
How it Happened
- Maria Kuhlman scored three 3-pointers in the first four minutes of the contest
- A jumper by Brittany Autry capped off a 13-0 run. Defensively, the Crusaders only gave up two Erskine points in the last 7:44 of the quarter, and Belmont Abbey led 21-9 at the end of the period
- In the second, Kuhlman scored six more points to help maintain the Crusader lead. On the defensive end, Belmont Abbey only gave up two Erskine points in the last five minutes, and The Abbey held a 33-22 advantage at halftime
- Late in the third, Downing scored four points in a span of 1:22 to keep The Abbey in front 42-34 with 2:23 to play. She also capped off the period with a free throw, and the Crusaders led 45-40 heading into the final period
- Autry capped a 7-0 Abbey run with a free throw with 4:09 left in the game for a 55-49 Abbey lead
- It wasn't until two seconds remained in the game that Erskine made two free throws to seal the 60-59 Fleet win
- On the day, Downing's 14 points and seven rebounds led the Crusaders. Kuhlman finished with 18 points. Hannah Roney grabbed seven boards, handed out seven assists, and earned three steals
Belmont Abbey will visit Converse College on Wednesday, February 13 for a 6 p.m. contest.