FRANKLIN SPRINGS, Ga. - Allie Downing scored 16 points and the no. 3 seed Belmont Abbey Women's Basketball team beat the no. 2 seed Barton 77-69 this evening. With the victory, the Crusaders are headed to the Conference Carolinas Championship tomorrow. The Abbey now has a 21-9 record for the season, while Barton is 24-5.
How it Happened
- Barton led very early in the game, but the Crusaders went on a 14-1 run to take a 14-7 lead with two minutes to play in the opening quarter. BAC led 19-14 when the period expired
- Irelynn Davisson and Maria Kuhlman made back-to-back 3s for The Abbey to put the Crusaders in front 31-19 early in the second
- Belmont Abbey went on an 8-0 run over the last three minutes of the quarter and led 41-39 at halftime
- Downing scored six straight Crusader points in the opening minutes of the third to tie the game at 49
- Late in the quarter, the defense played strong, surrendering just one Bulldog field goal over a three-minute span. Barton, however, led 58-57 heading into the final quarter
- Abbey defense was the story of the fourth. Barton managed just one field on the Crusaders over the first five minutes of the period
- The defense did not give up any Barton field goals in the last four and a half minutes of the contest, and only gave up four free throws during that span. Hannah Roney made three free throws to cap off the game, and the Crusaders took the 77-69 win
- On the night, Belmont Abbey had a very balanced offense, led by Downing's 16 points and seven rebounds
- Kuhlman scored 14, while Manuela Fungate scored nine and grabbed 11 boards
- Four Crusaders scored seven points each
Belmont Abbey will face the no. 1 seed and host Emmanuel tomorrow at 5:30 p.m. for the Conference Carolinas Championship.