Woods notches career-high in loss to Crusaders

Woods notches career-high in loss to Crusaders

BELMONT, NC – Despite sophomore center Zaria Woods connecting for a career-high 22 points, Francis Marion University suffered its second straight loss, 80-63 to Belmont Abbey College in non-conference women's basketball action on Tuesday (Dec. 17) afternoon.

Francis Marion drops to 4-2 and will play host to 14th-ranked University of North Georgia on Thursday (Dec. 19) at 5:30 p.m. in the squad's Peach Belt Conference opener.  General admission is $8 for adults and $5 for students, but fans bringing a medium or large teddy bear to the game will gain free admittance for four people.  The bears will go to the Windy Hill Fire Department.

Following Woods, junior forward Kiana Adderton recorded 12 points and five rebounds. Woods also grabbed four rebounds, while shooting 11-of-14 from the floor. Senior Tatyana McClaney and freshman Kristian Wall each scored eight points apiece, and senior guard Abigail Bullock added five points and snagged a team-high seven rebounds.

Belmont Abbey (9-1), which received votes in the most recent WBCA Top-25 poll, saw four players hit double-digit scoring, including Maria Kuhlman (17), Keyanna Spivey (15), Allie Downing (11), and Alexis Schulz (10). Downing grabbed a team-high six rebounds.

Belmont Abbey snapped an early 6-6 deadlock with a 12-4 spurt to lead 18-10 at the end of the first quarter. The margin was ten points (23-13) early in the second period when the Crusaders scored 10 straight points to balloon the margin to 20 points. FMU answered with a 13-2 run to trim the deficit to single digits at 35-26, and that nine-point difference was margin at halftime (37-28).

A 16-2 run by Belmont Abbey to open the third quarter expanded the lead to 53-30 and the Patriots did not seriously threaten after that point.

The Patriots shot 39.3 percent from the field and were 10-of-17 from the free throw stripe. The Crusaders went 29-of-66 for 43.9 percent from the floor, including 7-of-20 from beyond the arc and they hit 15-of-19 free throws. Francis Marion outrebounded Belmont Abbey 38-36.

 

12/17/19 4:00 pm at Belmont, NC
BELMONT ABBEY 80, FRANCIS MARION 63
FRANCIS MARION (4-2)
Zaria Woods 11-14 0-0 22; Kiana Adderton 4-10 3-5 12; Kristian Wall 3-5 0-0
8; Tatyana McClaney 3-10 2-4 8; Abigail Bullock 1-10 3-4 5; Scarlett Gilmore
1-6 1-2 4; Macy Passmore 1-2 0-0 3; Mary Davis 0-0 1-2 1; Briana White 0-2
0-0 0; Camryn Johnson 0-2 0-0 0; Alexis Mims 0-0 0-0 0; Khamele Manning 0-0
0-0 0. Totals 24-61 10-17 63.
BELMONT ABBEY (9-1)
Maria Kuhlman 6-15 1-1 17; Keyanna Spivey 5-9 5-7 15; Allie Downing 4-11 0-0
11; Alexis Schulz 5-9 0-0 10; Manuela Fungate 3-4 0-0 6; Brittany Autry 2-10
2-2 6; Irelynn Davisson 1-3 2-2 4; Keyla Hines 1-1 2-3 4; Hannah Roney 1-1
1-2 3; Sydni Clawges 1-1 0-0 2; Taylor Stelley 0-1 2-2 2; Kelli Thomas 0-1
0-0 0; Caroline Tomey 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 29-66 15-19 80.
Francis Marion................   10   18   11   24  -   63
Belmont Abbey...............   18   19   22   21  -   80
3-point goals--Francis Marion 5-20 (Kristian Wall 2-3; Kiana Adderton 1-3;
Macy Passmore 1-2; Scarlett Gilmore 1-2; Briana White 0-1; Camryn Johnson
0-2; Abigail Bullock 0-5; Tatyana McClaney 0-2), Belmont Abbey 7-20 (Maria
Kuhlman 4-8; Allie Downing 3-6; Alexis Schulz 0-4; Irelynn Davisson 0-1;
Taylor Stelley 0-1). Fouled out--Francis Marion-Camryn Johnson, Belmont
Abbey-None. Rebounds--Francis Marion 38 (Abigail Bullock 7), Belmont Abbey
36 (Allie Downing 6). Assists--Francis Marion 12 (Briana White 2; Zaria
Woods 2; Kiana Adderton 2; Camryn Johnson 2), Belmont Abbey 17 (Hannah Roney
5). Total fouls--Francis Marion 22, Belmont Abbey 21. Technical fouls--None. A-720