Saturday, February 4, 2012

Tigerville, S.C.—The North Greenville women’s basketball team won its third straight decision on Saturday afternoon cruising past the Coker College Cobras 78-56 in Conference Carolinas action in Hayes Gymnasium.

Courtney Friddle continued her solid freshman campaign Saturday, scoring 16 points. Timisty Nelson was also solid for the Crusaders off of the bench, scoring 12 points while collecting 5 rebounds, all of which were defensive. Karly Stache scored 11 points for NGU, and Alisha Hope dropped 10.

North Greenville controlled the game from the opening tip. Coker started the game off with a quick three, but the Crusaders quickly gained the advantage and took a 7-point lead with 14:35 left in the first period. By the end of the first period, the Crusaders, who shot 60% for the half, had taken a 26-point advantage into the locker room.

Coker battled in the second half and outscored the Crusaders 37-33 but the effort was not enough to erase the deficit. In the second half, the Crusaders were 48.4% from the floor in the second half, and 54.1% from the floor for the game.

Statistically, the Crusaders led in every major category except for second chance points. Most notably, the Crusaders led the Cobras 16-4 in fast break points, 22-13 in points off of turnovers. The Crusaders forced 29 Coker College turnovers.

The Crusaders win over Coker keeps them within striking distance of first place Limestone in the Western Division of Conference Carolinas. The Crusaders are now 11-2 in league play and 16-5 overall. North Greenville will return to the court on February 6th, against the Erskine Flying Fleet. The Crusaders and Fleet will tip off at 5:30pm in Hayes Gymnasium.