BELMONT, N.C. - Freshman Alexis Stallard poured in a career-high 23 points, but the Pfeiffer women's basketball team (2-10, 1-3 CC) was held to 31 percent shooting from the field in a 67-47 loss at Belmont Abbey on Wednesday afternoon. The Crusaders (9-5, 3-1) improve to 4-1 over their last five games with the victory and sit a half a game behind Limestone for first place in the conference.
Stallard went 8-of-12 from the field and hit a career-high five three pointers to account for nearly half of the team's points. Stallard added three rebounds, one assist and one steal for the contest and has scored in double figures in four of her last six games.
Outside of Stallard, the Falcons shot 10-of-46 from the floor and 2-16 from beyond the arc as Belmont Abbey's defense showed why it's ranked second in the conference in points allowed per game.
The Crusaders featured three scorers in double figures, led by McKenzie Owen's 21 points and 15 rebounds. Morgan Midkiff and Kelsey Long each had 14 points.
Belmont Abbey held a 50-36 advantage on the glass and went 15-of-20 from the free throw line. Pfeiffer attempted only nine free throws, connecting on four.
Stallard gave the Falcons their first and only lead of the game with a layup in the paint that made the score 15-14 at the 10:25 mark. The Crusaders would score 13 straight over the next three minutes and closed the half on a 24-8 spurt, going into the break with a 38-22 advantage. Owen finished the first half with a double-double, scoring 15 points and grabbing 10 rebounds.
Pfeiffer was unable to cut the lead to less than 14 in the second half as Belmont Abbey secured the win.
For the game, the Crusaders shot 38.1 percent from the field and forced Pfeiffer into 20 turnovers.
Stallard went 4-of-6 in both the first, and second halves of the contest. Her previous career-high was 20 points in a Dec. 7 loss to Limestone.
Freshman Ariana Tillman grabbed seven boards and has averaged 8.0 rebounds per game over her past three games.
Junior Lauren White blocked four shots in the game, improving her Conference leading total to 37. She has recorded at least one block in every game this season.
Tonight's victory was the first time Belmont Abbey defeated Pfeiffer since a 62-54 Crusader win on Jan. 22, 2011.
The Falcons return to action on Saturday when they travel to Lees-McRae for a 2 p.m. contest.