MISENHEIMER, NC - The Belmont Abbey women's basketball team won at Pfeiffer this evening by a score of 68-36. The victory improves the Crusaders' record to 11-16 on the year, including 9-13 in conference play. The Falcons are now 8-18 and 6-16 against Conference Carolinas opponents. Belmont Abbey will play at #2-seeded King in the Conference Carolinas tournament.
The Abbey jumped out to a very strong 8-0 start. The Falcons went on a run and led 18-10 at the end of the quarter. In the second, the stingy Abbey defensive unit did not give up a Pfeiffer point for the first four minutes of the period. Pfeiffer built a 22-19 lead, but the Abbey responded with a 12-0 run, making it a 31-24 Crusader lead. Senior Larisa Bishop scored the last five points of the Abbey run, and the Crusaders led at halftime 31-26. Belmont Abbey won the second quarter by a score of 21-8.
In the third, the Abbey again got off to a fast start, with freshman Chrystal Ezechukwu scoring each of the first four points of the period. It continued to maintain its lead throughout the period. Junior Alex Busch finished off the quarter by scoring each of the last eight Abbey points of the period and the Crusader lead was 52-40 going into the final quarter. Pfeiffer kept trying to get the lead back, but the Crusaders did not let the lead slip below six, until the final two seconds of the game. Belmont Abbey won the contest 68-63.
On the night, Ezechukwu led the Abbey's offensive efforts with 18 points, 14 coming in the second half. She also had a game-high 14 rebounds. Guard Taylor Headen handed out a game-high six assists.
Up next, the Abbey will visit King University, seeded second in the conference, on Monday, February 27. The Conference Carolinas Quarterfinals game will tip off at 7pm.