Rock Hill, S.C.—The North Greenville Women’s Basketball team continued it’s exhibition schedule Saturday afternoon falling to the Winthrop Eagles 65-51.
The Lady Crusaders looked to be overmatched by their Division I foes early in the first half as the Eagles of Winthrop sprinted to a 19-7 lead just ten minutes into the 40 minute contest.
North Greenville trailed by a score of 34-17 heading into halftime. The Crusader struggled offensively in the first half shooting just 18% from the field. Beyond the arch NGU was just 1-12. Freshman Savannah Newkirk led the scoring attack for NGU in the first period with seven points while also collecting six rebounds (also a first half high).
The Crusaders came out in the second half firing on all cylinders opening the period on a 10-2 run to cut the Eagles’ lead to nine points. With seven minutes left in the contest, North Greenville had cut the Winthrop lead to just four (49-45).
Savannah Newkirk cut the Winthrop lead to just six with five minutes left. The Eagles would go follow up with an 10-4 run to make the score 60-49 with just three minutes remaining.
A Karly Stache two pointer would cut the Winthrop lead to two minutes left but the Eagles would prove too strong for the Crusaders and would pull away to win by 14.
Karly Stache led the Crusaders offensively with 18 points. Stache was 4-11 from the three-point line. Krisceda Cotton led NGU with eight rebounds while Christina Carlis and Clara Anderson combined for four takeaways (two a piece).
The Crusaders will wrap up their 2010 pre-season schedule tomorrow against another division I opponent in the North Carolina State Lady Wolfpack. Tip-off is set for 2pm.