Abbey Pulls 70-59 Upset of #13 Ranked Limestone

Abbey Pulls 70-59 Upset of #13 Ranked Limestone

BELMONT, NC - The Belmont Abbey women's basketball team upset #13-ranked Limestone 70-59 this evening in the Wheeler Center.  A large crowd witnessed the victory as a part of tonight's Raise the Red event.  The Crusaders improve to 5-1 on the year with a 3-0 record against Conference Carolinas opponents.  The Saints are now 5-2 with a 2-1 conference record.

The opening quarter was back and forth, including a 5-0 Crusader run that gave the Abbey its first lead of the night midway through the period.  Later, a 10-0 run gave the Crusaders a 17-11 edge.  At the end of the period, Belmont Abbey led 17-14.  The stubborn Abbey defense held Limestone to one basket in the opening 3:45 of the second, giving the Crusaders a strong 26-17 lead.  That same defense only surrendered one basket in the final two minutes of the quarter, as Belmont Abbey took a 32-30 lead into halftime.

The opening minutes of the third were back and forth, with both teams trading baskets often.  However, the Crusaders ended the third on a 6-0 run, highlighted by Alexius Hampton sinking a shot nearly from half court.  The Abbey lead was 56-50 heading into the final quarter.  With 7:35 left in the game, Limestone made a shot to pull within two at 56-54.  It was the last time the Saints would get that close.  The Crusader defense again forced Limestone into a scoring drought, giving up just two baskets in the final 6:19 of the game.  The final score was 70-59.

On the night, guard Taylor Johnson's 17 points were a game-high.  Center Taylor Gittings contributed with 14.  Freshman forward Chrystal Ezechukwu earned a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds.

Head Coach Jason Williams made the following comments on the game: "Today was a tremendous experience for our ladies to take the next step in the right direction.  We are consistently trying to get a little better each day, and today was a great opportunity to play in front of a tremendous atmosphere against a great opponent.  I want to thank all of the community and students for coming out and supporting us today.  We had a great contribution from our bench led by Taylor Gittings with 14 points.  Our family atmosphere, hard work, and belief in us rowing in the right direction will get us the results we want."

Belmont Abbey will next visit Erskine on Saturday for a 2pm tip-off.