Thursday, December 1, 2011

Tigerville, S.C.—The North Greenville women’s basketball improved to 5-1 for the first time since 2005 Thursday night, as the Crusaders battled past the Allen University Yellow Jackets 73-67 Thursday night, in Hayes Gymnasium.

 The Crusaders survived 28 turnovers and a slow second half while also forcing 35 Allen Turnovers. The Yellow Jackets made their living from the free throw line on Thursday, sinking 18-24 attempts. The Crusaders were 23 of 34 from the charity stripe.

 Solid guard play led the way for North Greenville Thursday. Christina Carlis led the way for the Crusaders with 14 points. She also had three steals and five dishes. Karly Stache also reached the double figure plateau with 12 points.

 The Crusaders trailed the Yellow Jackets early in the first half, but a 47% shooting performance in the first period from NGU carried the Crusaders to a 42-40 halftime lead.

Allen struck first in the second evening the score at 42 for the sixth tie of the game. After a two-minute scoring drought, the Yellow Jackets seized the momentum after a 13-6 run which lasted almost five minutes. Allen’s 10-point lead was the largest of the game for either team.

The Crusaders trailed by 10 with 5:17 left in the game, but a resurgent NGU squad rallied to force four Yellow Jacket turnovers in the final five minutes. North Greenville fought back to take a 64-63 lead with 2:28 left in the game.

Allen re-took the lead 65-64 but North Greenville scored 7 of the final nine points on the way to the victory. The Crusaders finished strong on Thursday and outscored Allen 18-4 in the final five minutes.

The Crusaders have perfected the comeback win early in the 2011-2012 season. North Greenville has trailed with less than five minutes left in three of five wins this season. The 10-point deficit against Allen was the largest faced by NGU this season in these victories.

The Crusaders and Yellow Jackets are not done with each other however. NGU will take the 2 hour trip south on December 8th to take on Allen in Columbia. The rematch is scheduled to tipoff off at 6pm.