The Belmont Abbey women's basketball team never trailed after being down 4-3 as it opened the game on a 13-5 run to run past Converse 63-40 this evening in Spartanburg. Belmont Abbey climbs over the .500 mark as it improves to 9-8 overall and 5-6 in Conference Carolinas, while the Valkyries drop to 1-12 overall and 0-10 in league play.
The win snaps a six game losing streak as the Crusaders return to the court Friday night at 5:30 when hosting Emmanuel.
Every available Crusader saw action as Belmont Abbey seized control of the game near halftime, as it scored eight of the final 11 points of the stanza to carry a 27-18 lead into the break.
The second half was all Crusaders, as the Abbey outscored Converse 21-7 in the first 11 minutes to move ahead by 22 at 47-25.
The lead rose to as high as 25 points, coming on a Kerri Snipes jumper with 2:57 left that increased the lead to 25 at 58-33.
Belmont Abbey shot 57 percent in the second half after totaling just 34 percent in the first half. The Abbey shot 45 percent for the game but was just 2-9 from three point range and 7-13 from the free throw line.
McKenzie Owen totaled a double double with game-highs in points (15) and rebounds (11). She added two steals and two blocked shots. Gabrielle Bethel added 10 points and nine rebounds. Morgan Midkiff handed out seven assists with Caitlyn Ranson adding six. 20 of the Abbey's 27 baskets were assisted.