Thursday, December 3, 2009

Banner Elk, N.C.—Behind the leadership of four seniors, the North Greenville women’s basketball team won its second game in as many days defeating Lees McRae in a double overtime thriller 87-82.

The game was a tale of two halves for North Greenville. The first 20 minutes were marked by solid shooting as the Crusaders were 51% from the field going 16 of 31 and 2 of 4 from the three point arch. The strong first half shooting lead NGU to a 38-32 halftime lead.
The second period was not so friendly to the Crusaders as they shot 25% from the field making only 7 of 28 shots from the field including an 0 for 4 performance from the three point line. The Crusaders were outscored 29-23 in the second half as Bobcats sent the game into overtime.
With :47 seconds left in the first overtime, Lees McRae held a two point lead forcing NGU to foul with 14 seconds left. After missing both free throws, senior Whitney Smith grabbed the rebound and pressed the ball down the court and hitting a game tying jump shot with :3 seconds left. Lees McRae would miss a possible game winning three pointer sending the game into double overtime. The Lady Crusaders lead the first overtime by as many as 4 points.
North Greenville would take an early lead in the second overtime before falling behind by one to Lees McRae with two minutes left. The Crusaders responded by going on a 6-0 run to close out the second overtime defeating the Bobcats in the double overtime nail-biter.
The Crusaders were lead by senior guard Whitney Smith who registered her second double-double in as many games scoring 17 points and collecting 14 rebounds. Other than Smith, NGU had 3 other players score in double figures.  Senior Nikki Wood accounted for 15 points, sophomore Karly Stache registered 14, and senior Bridget Smith added 10.
“This was a good road win for us” said head coach Jayne Arledge, “it was a battle from the start. We came out slow in the second half but going to the press gave our team some energy and that helped us win the game”
The Lady Crusaders will play three more games before taking a break for Christmas. The team will be on the road on the 10th and 12th against Voorhees College and Reinhardt College. The team closes out the 2009 portion of the schedule with a home game on December 15th against Erskine.