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