Crusaders Win Quarterfinal Matchup 87-37 Over Chowan

Crusaders Win Quarterfinal Matchup 87-37 Over Chowan

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

Up Next

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.