Downing's 23 Points Lead Abbey Past Bobcats 74-66

Downing's 23 Points Lead Abbey Past Bobcats 74-66

BANNER ELK, N.C. - Allie Downing scored 23 points and grabbed six rebounds, leading the Belmont Abbey women's basketball team to a 74-66 victory at Lees-McRae College this afternoon.  The win puts The Abbey at 9-5 this season, with a 6-1 Conference Carolinas record.  The Bobcats are now 6-7 on the season, and 3-3 in conference play

How it Happened

  • The first quarter was back and forth, and neither team led by more than one point in the last five minutes of the period.  Downing scored seven points in the quarter, leading The Abbey to a 16-15 lead at the end of the period
  • Maria Kuhlman only needed 1:18 into the second to score five quick points.  A 5-0 run late in the quarter gave the Crusaders a 31-26 lead, and Belmont Abbey held a 31-29 lead at halftime
  • In the third, the game continued to go back and forth, but at the 3:38 mark, Hannah Roney hit a three-pointer that gave The Abbey a lead it would not give up the rest of the way
  • The Crusader defense did not give up a Bobcat field goal over the last 5:42 of the quarter, and Belmont Abbey owned a 53-45 lead heading into the final period
  • It only took Keyanna Spivey 1:04 into the fourth to score four Crusader points.  Taylor Stelley scored the next five.  After that, Downing scored nine straight Abbey points
  • Belmont Abbey forced Lees-McRae into a four-minute scoring drought, and finished the game with the 74-66 win
  • On the day, Downing's 23 points and six rebounds led The Abbey
  • Spivey added 16 points and nine boards.  Kuhlman scored 14 points and handed out five assists.  Hannah Roney also earned five assists

Up Next

Belmont Abbey will visit North Greenville University on Wednesday, January 9.  That game will tip off at 5:30 p.m.