Belmont Abbey junior forward McKenzie Owen logged a first half double double, as she scored 15 points, hauled in 10 rebounds, collected three steals and blocked two shots in just 15 minutes on the court in the first half, to lead the Crusaders past Pfeiffer 67-47 this evening at the Wheeler Center. The Abbey, winners of two in a row and four of the last five, improve to 9-5 overall and 3-1 in Conference Carolinas, while the Falcons drop to 2-10 overall and 1-3 in league play.
Owen finished the game with 21 points, 15 rebounds three steals and two blocked shots in just 28 minutes. In the first half, her 15 points came on six field goals on 14 attempts while sinking all three free throws. Six of her ten boards were on the offensive glass. She finished the game converting seven of 18 from the field, making all seven from the charity stripe, with 15 rebounds,eight on the offensive glass.
The Crusaders controlled the early portion of the first half before a Pfeiffer run gave the Falcons its first, and only lead of the game at 15-14 with 10:25 to play, but the Crusaders closed the half on a 24-7 run to claim a commanding 38-22 lead at the break.
Pfeiffer finished the first half with more turnovers (12) than made baskets (8) as the Falcons shot just 27 percent from the floor, while the Abbey converted 40 percent (15-37) from the field as Midkiff entered the half with ten points.
The second half was all Belmont Abbey, as the Crusaders built a 22 point cushion-the highest of the game-at the 14:46 mark. The Abbey's lead never dropped below 14 as it earned a 20 point victory.
The Crusaders dominated the boards to a count of 50-36 as Melisa Foures backed up Owens's 15 rebounds with eight of her own. She also had three assists and two steals. Candace Fox handed out five assists and also tallied three steals.