Sunday, November 6, 2011

Raleigh, N.C.—The North Greenville women’s basketball team wrapped up its 2011-2012 pre-season on Sunday afternoon with an exhibition game at North Carolina State University. The Crusaders and Wolfpack played each other in a tune up game for the third year in a row, the Pack came out on top in the 2011 edition 79-41 at Reynolds Coliseum.

Senior guard Karly Stache was the lone double figure scorer for NGU with 11 points. She was 3 of 7 from the three-point arc. Raven Wamer added 9 points while freshmen Timisty Nelson and Courtney Friddle added 4 points each.

Krisceda Cotton shagged seven rebounds to lead the Crusaders on the glass and Erin Gray and Allison Greene chalked up a block shot.

“Overall, I’m very pleased with our performance tonight, we worked hard,” remarked head coach Jayne Arledge. “We did a job better rebounding than we did the previous two years. That was one of our goals for this game.”

“We had some trouble shooting but I think their long arms had a lot to do with that. Overall it was a good performance and we have something to build on.”

Despite an obvious disadvantage in height NC State gathered just six more rebounds that the Crusaders. The Wolfpack gathered a total of 51 rebounds while the Crusaders totaled 45. North Greenville collected 21 offensive rebounds, compared the 20 of North Carolina State.

The Wolfpack took an early two-point lead from the opening tip, but the Crusaders responded. NGU capitalized on four State turnovers to take a 10-8 lead into the first media timeout.

The Pack flexed some muscle coming out of the media break, going on an 11-2 run to take a 19-12 lead, just their second of the game. The Crusaders were not intimidated by their division I foes and cut the Pack lead to just two points (19-17).

NC State would bounce back and capitalize on two NGU turnovers and four missed field goals to take a 30-17 lead. The Pack would lead 35-23 at the half.

A 9-0 run to open the second half and cold shooting plagued the Crusaders however as the Wolfpack cruised to a 79-41 win. The Crusader shot just 24.6 percent (16-65) while going 5-9 from the charity stripe.

The game with NC officially wraps up the 2011 pre-season. Coach Arledge and the Crusaders now turn their attention to USC Upstate and the 2011-2012, season opener in Spartanburg.

North Greenville’s home opener will be on November 21 against Emmanuel College. The Crusaders open Conference Carolinas play on November 29th on the road at Belmont Abbey.