BELMONT, N.C. – Maria Kuhlman scored 24 points and the number 1 seed Belmont Abbey women's basketball team cruised past the number 8 seed Chowan 87-37 this evening. The Crusaders now stand at 27-2 overall this season. Earlier in the day it was announced that the team has now been ranked #9 in the D2SIDA Poll, and #17 in the Coaches' Poll.
How it Happened
- Hannah Roney got the Crusaders on the board first, but it did not take long for Allie Downing to score six straight points for The Abbey. BAC led 16-13 at halftime
- The second quarter was all Abbey. Kuhlman mad back-to-back three-pointers early in the period, building the Crusader lead to 26-13. She scored nine in the quarter
- On the defensive end, Belmont Abbey held Chowan to just two points in the quarter. The Abbey led at halftime 37-15
- Kuhlman scored back-to-back 3-point shots in the first 1:30 of the third
- Another 3 and two free throws and she helped build a 52-19 lead. She scored 13 points in the third, to help the Crusaders have a commanding 59-25 lead heading into the final period
- Belmont Abbey opened the fourth with a 10-0 run. Kelli Thomas scored four pints in the last 1:30 and the Crusaders wrapped up the 87-37 victory
- On the night, Kuhlman was the leader for Belmont Abbey, with 24 points on 8-for-13 shooting
- Brittany Autry added 13 points. Downing finished with nine points and nine rebounds
Belmont Abbey moves on to the Conference Carolinas semifinals in Spartanburg, S.C., where it will face number 4 seed Limestone on Saturday, March 7 at 12 noon on the campus of Wofford College.