Friday, March 5, 2010

Coming off a rousing performance at the National Christian Collegiate Athletic Association’s South Regional Tournament, the North Greenville University women’s basketball team will compete in the NCCAA’s national championships March 10-13 in Winona Lake, Indiana.  Grace College is the host institution.

The Crusaders and Coach Jayne Arledge won’t learn their opponent in the tournament until this weekend as the other NCCAA regionals will be playing this coming weekend.  

North Greenville (14-13) defeated the host team Southern Wesleyan 82-80 in the South Regional first round, and then came on strong to beat Emmanuel (GA) 64-58 to claim the regional title.  Karly Stache scored 20 points, Christina Carlis added 16 and Whitney Smith had 11 in the first round win.  After SWU tied the game with a three-pointer with 12 seconds left, Carlis took the ball and drove the length of the court to hit the game-winning layup with 4.2 seconds left.
Against Emmanuel, NGU used a balanced scoring attack and a blistering defense that limited their opponent to 38% shooting to advance. 
NGU has reached the national tournament for the fifth time in school history and is making its first trip since the spring of 2007.  Graduate student Whitney Smith and senior Jacquetta Golden are the sole remaining players on the current roster who will play at nationals again.
Stache, who has caught fire offensively late in the season, leads the Crusaders in scoring at 13.1 ppg and she has made a team best 67 three pointers.  Smith averages 12.5 ppg, has 58 3’s and is in the top 10 nationally three point percentage at 48.7%.
Learn the Crusaders’ draw for the national tournament at
Over 100 Christian colleges and universities comprise the NCCAA involving well over 13,000 student athletes and 450 coaches.  The very existence of the NCCAA speaks to a need of a different game plan for college athletics in the midst of an era when the very foundations of our society are being eroded morally.
The national office of the NCCAA is located in Greenville, South Carolina, just down the road from NGU.