BELMONT, N.C. – Brooke Strickland scored 11 points and Christina Perkins added 10 but it wasn't enough as Southern Wesleyan fell to Belmont Abbey 83-50 in Conference Carolinas action on Tuesday evening.
The Warriors (1-4, 0-3 CC) dropped their fourth straight on the season, shooting just 31 percent from the floor. Strickland nailed three treys to lead the Warriors with 11 points but struggled from inside the arc. The sophomore hit 3 of 6 attempts beyond the three-point line but missed all five attempts inside the arc. Perkins filled up the stat line with 10 points, six rebounds and six assists. Perkins made 5 of 8 from the floor.
Belmont Abbey (5-1, 3-0 CC) shot 45 percent from the floor and scored the first 11 points in the game. The Crusaders led by 15 at the break as the Warriors were rarely able to bring the margin under 10 during the game. SWU made some runs at BAC, notably a 12-2 run to bring the game to within seven at 24-17 but Belmont answered with a quick 10-0 run to push the lead back out to 17.
Noelle van Zadelhoff came off the bench to pull down a season-high 10 rebounds. Belmont Abbey out rebounded the Warriors 54-37 in the game while scoring 46 points in the paint. They added 22 second chance points while the Warriors managed just eight. The Crusaders were led by Morgan Midkiff's 17 points.
The Warriors turned the ball over 25 times on Tuesday night but did manage to swipe the ball from Belmont Abbey 13 times. Cayse Branyon led the Warriors with four steals. The sophomore also grabbed four rebounds.
SWU will return home on Thursday to host Bob Jones in nonconference action. Tip is scheduled for 7 p.m.