Lady Crusaders fall in OT at Belmont Abbey
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
Lady Crusaders fall in OT at Belmont Abbey

BELMONT, NC The Belmont Abbey women’s basketball team outscored North Greenville 10-3 in overtime, holding NGU without a field goal in the extra period, as the Abbey defeated the Crusaders 80-73 this evening at the Wheeler Center. The Abbey improves to 3-2, while North Greenville falls to 3-2.

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. North Greenville would go on a 7-0 run to take a two-point lead, but a layup by Daniel tied the game at 49 with 11:49 left. The two teams would exchange baskets for the next several minutes until the Abbey went on an 8-4 run to take a 64-59 lead with 7:01 left. The lead never dipped below two points until North Greenville received a jumper from Davis and another from Audrey Toscano to knot the contest at 70 with 28 seconds left. The Abbey took a timeout to set up one final shot, but the chance never hit the rim as the contest ended with a 70-70 tie in regulation.

The final five minutes were all Belmont Abbey, as the Crusaders held North Greenville without a field goal in the extra period. Johnson opened the scoring with a layup to give the Abbey a 72-70 lead, and after a Toscano free throw, Camp answered with a layup with one second remaining on the shot clock to widen the lead to 74-71. Camp would follow with another layup to stretch the lead to 76-71, and a Marquez runner with 1:14 left upped the lead to seven. Toscano then hit two free throws to close North Greenville within five with 1:02 left, but Marquez hit the front end of a two-shot free throw to push the lead to seven, and Daniel did the same with six seconds left to provide the winning margin.

North Greenville shot 47.5 percent (28-59) from the floor as Toscano led the way with 16 points. Debbie Wyatt added 14 and Robin Warner and Davis added 11. The Abbey won the rebounding advantage 38-31 as Marquez led all players with nine.

North Greenville will be back in action Thursday night as they play host to USC-Upstate in Hayes Gymnasium. Tip-off is slated for 7:00 p.m.