Belmont Abbey, N.C.—The North Greenville women’s basketball team made an early season statement on Tuesday night as the North Greenville Crusaders downed the Crusaders of Belmont Abbey 57-48 in NGU’s first ever Conference Carolina’s basketball game.
Junior forward Krisceda Cotton sparked the NGU victory scoring 14 points en route to an upset win over Belmont Abbey. The Crusaders (Belmont Abbey) were voted 5th in Conference Carolina’s pre-season polls. Cotton has now scored in double figures in each of NGU’s five games.
Christina Carlis also had a solid game posting her first double double of the season with an 11-point, 11 rebound performance. Carlis had another solid night at the free throw line connecting on 7 of her 8 attempts.
“This was a SUPER BIG win for us,” remarked head coach Jayne Arledge. “We didn’t play great, but we played well down the stretch. We hit some big shots and some key steals when we needed them. Its nice to win our first ever Conference Carolina’s game.”
North Greenville held a slim four-point lead in the first half, but Belmont was quick to right the ship and took a 28-25 lead into intermission. The Crusaders extended their lead to seven in the second half and held their advantage until the 4:16 mark when Krisceda Cotton collected one of her seven steals and collected on a layup to put NGU up by one point.
Belmont stayed within striking distance of North Greenville, but with 2:16 left in the contest, Karly Stache cashed in three of her eight points to put NGU up 6. With 40 seconds left, Christina Carlis put the game away for NGU with two free throws.
North Greenville is now 4-1 on the season, the team’s best start in as many as five years. The Crusaders also improved to 1-0 in league play. The squad will look to extend its three game winning streak on Thursday night in Tigerville with a 5:30 matchup against Allen University.