Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Charlotte, N.C.—The North Greenville women’s basketball team fell victim to cold shooting on Tuesday night while falling to 1-1 on the season falling to the Golden Bulls of Johnson C. Smith 65-44.

The loss comes just three days after beating Division I affiliate USC Upstate on Friday night. The Crusaders shot just 28% from the floor and 33% from the charity stripe.

North Greenville looked to be in good shape to open the game as they hit three of their first four shots to take a 4-0 lead. NGU led until the 13:56 mark when the Golden Bulls tied the game at 8.

Johnson C. Smith gained the Advantage with 12:30 left in the first half and would never relinquish it. The Golden Bulls led the Crusaders by 17 at intermission aided greatly by a 12-2 run to close out the final 3:10 of the first period of play.

In the second half, NGU worked vigorously to cut the Golden Bulls lead down the cold shooting plagued the Crusaders. North Greenville shot a mere 27.3% from the field in the second half. NGU could only cut the Bulls lead down to 15 points. North Greenville was just 2 of 13 from behind the three-point arch, adding to the frustration.

While Johnson C. Smith only shot 35% from the field, the Golden Bulls out-rebounded the Crusaders 57-46 and capitalized with 15 second Chance points; 32 bench points, also aided the Bulls.

Also adding to the struggle of the Crusaders was 22 committed turnovers. “We just didn’t play a very good game,” said head Jayne Arledge after the game. “We turned the ball over too many times. They were also very tall and we had some injuries to post players that were not able to play. We found some weaknesses tonight and we will have to work on them to get better.”

The Crusaders will have six days to correct their mistakes before they take on Emmanuel College in their first home game of the 2011-2012 season. The game between the Crusaders and Lions is a rematch of the 2011 NCCAA South Regional Championship game and will tip at 8pm on November 21st.