BELMONT, N.C. - Colette Montgomery recorded her fifth double-double of the season with 16 points and 11 rebounds, but the Lees-McRae College Lady Bobcats fell to the Belmont Abbey Crusaders 61-45 in a Conference Carolinas women's basketball game.
Montgomery was 6-of-13 from the floor and 4-of-5 from the free throw line. Following her was Jessica Blair with seven points and Janina Thurau with six points. Lauren Casey had a team-high four assists.
For The Abbey, Courtney Naquin had 17 points, and Shayla Jackson had 16 points. Jackson and Asha Hardaway collected six rebounds.
The Abbey took 5-2 lead, but a Thurau three tied the game at five with 16:19 left in the half. From there the Cursaders went on a 17-2 run to take a 12-point lead, 19-7, with just over ten minutes to play in the half.
Candace Flowers knocked down a three for the Bobcats with 43 seconds on the clock to cut the lead to six, but The Abbey responded with a three from Naquin to take a 31-22 lead into the half.
Coming out of the locker rooms, the Crusaders extended the lead to 14, 36-22, on Kelsey Daniel three with 18:11 left in the half.
A Montgomery basket pulled the Lady Bobcat within eight, 42-34, with 11:46 to play, but The Abbey had the lead back to 14, 52-38, five minutes later.
The Crusaders took their largest lead of the game, 61-42, at the 1:47 mark and finished the game with a 61-45 win.
Lees-McRae committed 23 turnovers compared to 15 turnovers for Belmont Abbey. The Abbey scored 21 points off the Lees-McRae turnovers.
The Lady Bobcats will return to action Thursday as they host Pfeiffer in Williams Gymnasium at 5:30 p.m.