Belmont Abbey Uses Red-Hot Shooting to Stop Wildcats

Belmont Abbey Uses Red-Hot Shooting to Stop Wildcats

Belmont, N.C. - NCAA Division II program Belmont Abbey shot over 45 percent and hit 15 three-pointers en route to a 98-61 victory over the visiting USCAA #3 Johnson & Wales women's basketball team on Wednesday.

Ineesha Hankerson led Johnson & Wales (7-3) with 24 points and 13 rebounds, her third straight double-double and sixth of the season.  Chase Muhammad added 12 points for the Wildcats.

Belmont Abbey (5-3) connected on 15-of-30 shots from three-point territory and outscored Johnson & Wales 37-12 in the final quarter to blow the game open.  Irelynn Davission came off the bench to lead the Crusaders with 18 points on 6-of-10 shooting from behind the arc.

Both teams were tied after the first quarter and Johnson & Wales trailed just 35-33 with 1:11 left in the first half after a layup by Hankerson.  However, Belmont Abbey would score the last four points of the half and eventually grow its lead to 12 by the end of the third quarter, setting the tone for a dominant fourth quarter performance.

Belmont Abbey seemingly couldn't miss in the final 10 minutes, shooting 15-of-18 from the floor including a perfect 5-of-5 from behind the arc.

Johnson & Wales will resume play on Saturday when it travels to Winston-Salem, N.C., to play NCAA Division II foe Winston-Salem State.  Tipoff is scheduled for 2:00 p.m.