February 4, 2008

Abbey Surges Past Lady Bobcats in Second

BELMONT, NC--The Belmont Abbey women's basketball team used a strong second half, outscoring the Lees-McRae 33-21 in the stanza after leading by a point at halftime, as the Crusaders defeated the Lady Bobcats 65-52 Monday evening at the Wheeler Center. The Crusaders improve to 15-6 overall and 10-4 in Conference Carolinas, while Lees-McRae drops to 6-14 overall and 5-9 in Conference Carolinas.

Abbey freshman guard Mercedes King matched her career-high, leading four Crusaders in double figures with 16 points. Sophomore guard Courtney Naquin added 11, while Shayla Jackson and Marie Marquez both added ten. Jackson notched a double-double with 10 points and a career-high 12 rebounds, 11 on the defensive glass. She also collected a pair of steals in 33 minutes. King finished 5-11 shooting from the floor, including a 3-4 effort from three-point range. The Crusaders shot 43.4 percent (23-53) from the floor and 50 percent (5-10) from three-point range.

Lees-McRae shot 37.8 percent (17-45) from the floor as Stephanie Mullinax (Etowah, TN) led all scorers with 21 points, 14 of those in the first half. She was nearly perfect shooting from the field, finishing 8-9 from the floor, including a 3-4 effort from three-point range. Cortney Furr (Concord, NC) added 14 points and Brittany Roberson (Salisbury, NC) added 11.

The Lady Bobcats will be back in action Thursday evening, on the road at Queens University of Charlotte for a Conference Carolinas match up. Tipoff is set for 5:30pm.

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PICTURED: Stephanie Mullinax