After trailing 41-38 at halftime, the North Greenville women (12-13) imploded offensively and defensively and were outscored 41-24 in the second half as Brevard College took an 82-62 win over the Crusaders in North Carolina.
Samantha Winn had a big night for the Tornados scoring 32 points. Christina Carlis led NGU with 13 points and Amanda Milner added 11 the Crusaders.
NGU Coach Jayne Arledge noted that Brevard keyed on stopping her red-hot freshman guard Karly Stache and inside threat Amanda Milner. A major game-changer was the 27 turnovers and a big free throw advantage for Brevard. The Tornados hit 21-28 at the line to only 10-14 for North Greenville.
NGU went ahead by four points after the break, but Winn led a comeback for Brevard as they tied the game 45-45 at 16:21. Despite the barrage of turnovers, NGU trailed by 11 (65-54) with 6:46 left. They were out-scored 14-6 the rest of the way as Brevard coasted home for the second win of the year over NGU.
The Crusaders will host Knoxville College Saturday, Feb. 14 at 2:00 p.m. at Hayes Gym in Tigerville before heading to West Palm Beach, Fla. immediately after that game. They will compete in the NCCAA South Regional Tournament Monday, Feb. 16 at 8:00 p.m. against #1 seed Emmanuel College of Georgia. The Championship game will be at 6:00 p.m. Tuesday.