Belmont Abbey shot 53.3 percent from the floor (32-60) and 58.3 percent (7-12) from three-point range as senior guard Jeanette Johansson led all scorers with 17 points. Johansson shot 6-8 from the floor, including a blistering 5-6 performance from three-point range. She also recorded seven assists and no turnovers in 35 minutes. Freshman guard Kelsey Daniel finished with 14 points on 5-7 shooting from the field, while sophomore center Ebone Johnson added 12 points on 6-9 shooting to go along with seven rebounds. Sophomore guard Marie Marquez added 11 points, nine rebounds and seven assists, and Emma Camp tallied 10 points on 5-7 shooting.
The contest, which saw five ties and 17 lead changes, opened with the Abbey taking a 7-4 lead before NG went on a 6-2 run to take its first lead of the contest at 10-9 with 12:10 left in the half. The lead grew to four until a layup by freshman forward Hannah Lunt and a Johansson trey gave the Abbey the lead at 14-13 with 10:36 left. The Crusaders held that lead, never building it any higher than four points, until the 4:30 mark on an Eboni Davis jumper. Johansson answered that with another three-pointer, followed by a layup from Daniel to up the lead to four. NG would regain a one-point lead at 35-34 with 1:06 left, but Johnson closed the scoring with a layup with 47 ticks remaining to give the Abbey a 36-35 lead at the break.
Belmont Abbey held its lead through the first 6:47 of the second half, never getting it any higher than five at 47-42 with 15:24 left.
The final five minutes were all Belmont Abbey, as the Crusaders held