Falcons Drop 68-63 Decision to Belmont Abbey on Senior Night

Falcons Drop 68-63 Decision to Belmont Abbey on Senior Night

Tyler Waddell – Sports Information Graduate Assistant

Misenheimer, NC – The Pfeiffer University women's basketball team (8-18, 6-16 CC) hosted Belmont Abbey (11-16, 9-13) on senior night and came away with a tough loss Friday, 68-63 in Merner Gym.

Seniors Ariana Tillman, Jazzmine Devlin, Lauren Janka, Meg Pritchard, and Vivian Doerr all got the start for the Falcons were honored at halftime for their contributions to the program.

Though an early 18-2 run saw them with an eight-point lead after the first 10 minutes of regulation, the Falcons were outscored by 13 in the second quarter, leaving the court at halftime with a deficit that was never eradicated as they trailed the rest of the game.

Belmont Abbey, which controlled the paint with 45 rebounds and 23 second-chance points, led by as much as 14 in the fourth quarter before Pfeiffer was able to organize a modest comeback effort; six different Falcons scored within the first five minutes to cut the score to 59-53 in favor of the Crusaders. However, any chance of bringing it any closer was interrupted, as BAC followed suit with a 6-0 run to remove any doubt and ultimately close out the game with a victory.

Freshman forward Chrystal Ezechukwu had an impressive performance for the Crusaders by finishing with a double-double (18 points, 14 rebounds). Alex Busch, Morgan Midkiff, and Larisa Bishop all had 10 points or more.

Pfeiffer was led by Pritchard, who scored a game-high 20 points and added seven rebounds with three steals. Remarkably enough, she ended the regular season with 16 consecutive performances in double figures and concluded with her seventh 20-point game of 2016-17.

Sophomore Sydni Bickford finished with her second straight game in double figures, tallying 14 for the Falcons after scoring a career-best 26 in a loss to Converse on Tuesday. Tillman contributed 12 points and six boards.

As the No. 8 seed, Pfeiffer will compete at No. 1-seeded Limestone in the quarterfinals of the Conference Carolina Tournament this Monday, Feb. 27. Tip-off is TBD.