Crusader championship run falls short
Monday, March 14, 2005

FRANKFORT, KY. - The North Greenville women’s basketball team has had its back against the wall for the past two weeks. After getting upset 62-60 in their regional semifinal match-up the Crusaders had to win their final regular season game to qualify for the National Tournament. North Greenville responded with an 82-74 win over Grand Canyon University. This allowed the Crusaders to receive an at-large bid to the National Christian College Athletic Association National Tournament in Frankfort, Ky.

North Greenville was matched up against Oakland City University in the semifinals on Friday. Getting off to a slow start, the Crusaders found themselves down 30-22 with 8:00 left in the first half. After a timeout the Crusaders went on an 20-4 run to close out the first half and never looked back for an 89-71 win to advance to the National Championship game for the first time in school history.

The Championship matched the Oklahoma Wesleyan University Eagles against North Greenville. The Crusaders never really found their groove and shot just 29% from the field and lost 68-50 in the championship game.

“We just never got into a rhythm. I kept waiting for us to make a run and we had great looks to score, but couldn’t get anything to fall” said Head Coach Jayne Arledge. She went on to say, “I am extremely proud of what this team has accomplished and how hard they played”.

The Crusaders didn’t come home empty-handed though. In addition to their National Runner-Up plaque, Earlana Jackson and Amber Rector were named to the All-Tournament Team and Coach Jayne Arledge, was named Tournament Coach of The Year.