Entering its final year of competition in the National Christian Collegiate Athletic Conference (NCCAA), the North Greenville University women’s basketball team has set the lofty goal of capturing the NCCAA national title in 2010-2011 ahead of entering Conference Carolinas the following season.
NGU and Coach Jayne Arledge, who begins her landmark 30th season in Tigerville, will open the year once again in the lofty Division I atmosphere with exhibition games at Winthrop Nov. 6 and with North Carolina State the following night on Sunday, Nov. 7.
The Crusaders, who finished 15-15 overall last season, were upset in the semi-finals of the NCCAA National Tournament in Indiana last year, and finished in third place. NGU will open the regular season Tuesday, Nov. 16 on the road at rival Limestone College at 5:30 p.m. Their home opener will be Thursday, Nov. 18 when they take on Belmont Abbey at Hayes Gym at 5:30 p.m. NGU will also participate in the NCCAA Classic Tournament at Emmanuel College in Georgia Nov. 22-23 to get a look at their primary rivals in the South Region early in the year. NGU plays Southern Wesleyan on the 22nd and host Emmanuel on the 23rd.
North Greenville will host the NCCAA South Regional Tournament for the final time on Feb. 21-23 hopefully en route to Indiana once again for the national championship. Additionally, the Crusaders will host 13 home games, all of which will be streamed live on the NGU athletic website at www.ngcrusaders.com.
“We have a very competitive schedule this year and we are excited to start the season off with exhibition games at Winthrop and N.C. State,” Arledge said. “We hope that the schedule will help prepare us to win the NCCAA Regionals at home this year in February, so that we can make it back to Nationals.
“We are looking forward to joining the Conference Carolinas next year, and we will get a good look at how we stack up the conference as we will play eight games against conference schools this year.”