BRISTOL, Tenn. - Manuela Fungate scored 16 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to lead the Belmont Abbey women's basketball team to a 74-70 overtime win at King University this afternoon. With the victory, The Abbey improves to 7-4 this season, with a 4-1 record against Conference Carolinas opponents. The Tornado dipped to 4-5 overall, with a 1-2 conference record.
How it Happened
- King took an early 7-4 lead, but they did not score a field goal on the Crusaders over the last 8:39 of the first quarter
- Allie Downing scored 10 points in the quarter, and The Abbey led 18-9 after the period ended
- The second quarter was very back-and-forth, with both teams scoring 14 in the period. The Crusaders led 32-23 at halftime
- After a back-and-forth start to the third, the Crusader defense finished the quarter strong, allowing just two points over the last four minutes of the period. This gave The Abbey a 49-33 lead heading into the final period
- The Tornado made a 27-point comeback in the fourth, but Fungate scored essential field goals throughout the period, and the two teams went into overtime tied at 60
- It only took the Crusaders 1:03 into the overtime period to taker a strong 65-60 lead, capped by a Maria Kuhlman 3-pointer
- Downing made another three at the 1:15 mark to put the Crusaders up 68-66
- As King began to foul late, Kuhlman and Hannah Roney made free throws in the final minute to wrap up the 74-70 win
- On the day, Fungate's 16 points and 13 boards made her second double-double of the season
- Downing finished with 21 points, seven rebounds, and four assists. Kuhlman added 13 points and five boards
Following Christmas break, the Crusaders will visit Catawba College on December 31. That game will tip off at 2 p.m.