Five North Greenville players scored in double figures, led by Karly Stache’s 15, as the Crusaders had a strong second half to cruise past King College of Bristol, Tenn. 87-71 Tuesday night.
NGU (5-4) won its second straight game and will play a tough one at Carson-Newman (TN) Friday, Dec. 19 at 1:00 p.m. North Greenville’s next home game is Wednesday, January 7 against Georgetown College at 6:00 p.m. in Hayes Gymnasium.
Nikki Wood added 14 points (12 in the second half), Christina Carlis had 12, Jacquetta Golden 11 and Whitney Smith 10 points as the Crusaders had a well-balanced team attack to beat the Tornados. Coach Jayne Arledge also cited the play of freshman Jaleesa Gladden, who had nine points and a career high 14 rebounds, one shy of a double double.
The Crusaders struggled in the first half and led 40-37 at the break. However, Arledge said that Wood ignited NGU with a tough defensive effort that led to several turnovers and key fast break baskets. “We got our offensive moving in the second half, but Nikki really got us going with her defense,” Arledge said. “Her effort changed our intensity and we were able to pull away late in the game.”
NGU shot a scorching 52% from the floor, including 58% in the first half.