BELMONT, N.C. - Belmont Abbey outscored King 21-3 in the fourth quarter to earn a 68-49 victory in the Conference Carolinas Quarterfinals. The win puts The Abbey at 20-9 on the year while King finishes its season 14-14. With the victory, Head Coach Jason Williams earned his 100th win at the helm of the program.
How it Happened
- Seven different Crusaders scored in the opening quarter. On the defensive side, The Crusaders only gave up one 3-pointer in the period, and led 19-11 when the quarter ended
- Keyanna Spivey ended the second quarter by making four free throws, and Belmont Abbey trailed 28-26 at halftime
- In the third, Spivey scored six straight points for The Abbey, giving the Crusaders a 34-33 lead. The defensive unit went about four minutes of giving up just one Tornado field goal
- Alexis Schulz made a layup in the closing seconds of the period, and BAC led 47-46 heading into the final quarter
- The fourth quarter was all Abbey. At the 7:27 mark, King scored its sole field goal of the period to make it a 51-48 Crusader lead. After that, Maria Kuhlman hit back-to-back 3-pointers for The Abbey
- Caroline Tomey hit another at the 1:43 mark. Manuela Fungate capped off the game with a jumper, and Belmont Abbey took the Quarterfinal victory 68-49
- On the night, Spivey scored a team-high 14 points and pulled down six rebounds
- Allie Downing finished with 12 points and eight boards. Fungate contributed seven points and 11 rebounds, while Brittany Autry chipped in eight points and nine boards
Belmont Abbey will face #2-seed Barton in Franklin Springs, Ga. in a Conference Carolinas semifinal game on Thursday. Tip off time is still to be determined.