Lady Crusaders fall at Carson-Newman
Monday, January 30, 2006
Lady Crusaders fall at Carson-Newman

JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn. The Carson-Newman Lady Eagles held North Greenville scoreless the final seven minutes of the first half and that was enough to propel them to an 83-59 win over the visiting Crusaders Monday night at Holt Fieldhouse.

Carson-Newmans defense was impressive all night as the Lady Eagles forced 30 turnovers, 14 of which came on steals. C-N out-rebounded North Greenville 34-30, led by five boards from three different players. The Lady Eagles out-scored NGU 40-26 in the paint, 22-7 on fast breaks and scored 32 points on turnovers compared to only 12 by the Crusaders.

Giovanni Booker (Orlando, Fla.) had a well-rounded game, leading C-N in scoring with 18 points to go along with three rebounds, five assists and four steals. Gabby Smith (Kansas City, Mo.) had 16 points and four assists and Ashley Tipton (Knoxville, Tenn.) had 14 points for C-N. Audrey Toscano (Concord, N.C.) scored 20 points to lead the Crusaders.

North Greenville had the upper hand early as they built a 14-7 lead six minutes into the first half and 27-20 six minutes later. But the Lady Eagles stepped up the defensive pressure and converted on the offensive end, climbing back into the game and racing to a 40-29 lead at the half capped off by two free throws by Eboni Johnson (Columbia, S.C.) with 12 seconds remaining.

The Lady Eagles did not relent on the defensive pressure to begin the second half and pushed the lead to 20 points 53-33 when Booker scored on a jumper four and a half minutes in. Toscano nailed a three-pointer to make it 71-58 but that was as close as the Crusaders would get as Renita Clark (Rossville, Ga.) capped the scoring with a three-pointer 63 seconds before the conclusion of the contest.

Carson-Newman improves to 13-7 while North Greenville falls to 11-9. The Lady Crusaders return to action Thursday as they travel to Brevard College. Tipoff is set for 5:30 p.m.