Women's Basketball

Women's Basketball Upended at Belmont Abbey, 69-56

Women's Basketball Upended at Belmont Abbey, 69-56

BELMONT, N.C. --- A trio of Lees-McRae women's basketball players notched 12 points each, but the team dropped a 69-56 decision to Conference Carolinas foe Belmont Abbey Tuesday evening at the Wheeler Center in Belmont, N.C.

The Crusaders (4-1, 2-0 CC) were led by a 28-point effort from McKenzie Owen while Tajanna Brown grabbed a game-high 15 rebounds. The Bobcats (2-3, 1-1) saw junior Tayler Collins (Fayetteville, N.C.) produce a double-double (12 points, 12 rebounds).

Owen fueled the BAC offense early and often by notching 11 of her points in the first 7:30 while the Crusaders raced out to a 17-6 lead.

Senior Kerri Belcher (Roanoke, Va.) tallied five of her 12 points in a 24-second span to shave the deficit to nine.

The Crusaders used a pair of three-pointers from Alexandria Busch and Caitlyn Ranson to push the lead to 18, 28-10.

Collins got on a roll and scored six straight points for LMC, but BAC responded to maintain an 18-point lead.

The Crusaders took 10 more shots (42-32) than the Bobcats in the first half.

Sophomore Niroska Perez (Asheville, N.C.) found her groove with consecutive triple's while senior Kabrina Truesdale (Wilmington, N.C.) dished out both assists to make it 45-33.

Coach Michele Williams' team trimmed the disadvantage to six, 45-39, after Alex Anderson (Kingsport, Tenn.) made a layup.

LMC's defense held BAC scoreless for over three minutes during the rally.

A 10-0 run in the span of 1:58 swung momentum back the Crusaders way while their lead ballooned back to 18 before LMC ended the game on a 5-0 run to cap off scoring.

Perez finished with 12 points while Anderson finished with seven points off the bench.

The Bobcats travel to Lincoln Memorial Saturday, Nov. 29 at 2 p.m. in Harrogate, Tenn.

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