Lees McRae, N.C.—The North Greenville women’s basketball team wrapped up its regular season on Wednesday night, beating the Bobcats of Lees McRae College 64-52, putting an exclamation point on the team’s most successful season since 2008.
The Crusaders never trailed in Wednesday’s game, and led by as many as 24 points. North Greenville carried 21-point lead into intermission. Three players were double figure scorers for NGU, including Krisceda Cotton who led all scorers with 17 points while also gathering 12 rebounds, giving her, a team high, 8th double-double of the season.
Joining Cotton in double figures were Christina Carlis, Karly Stache and Alisha Hope, who scored 14, 13, and 10 points respectively.
NGU opened the floodgates in the first half, going on a 16-4 run, which lasted a little more than 7 minutes. On the defensive side of the court, the Crusaders allowed just 14 points in the first half, their lowest of the season. In the second period, the Crusaders survived 11 turnovers, and a pesky Bobcats team, to come away with the team’s 19th win of the season.
“I am very proud of the team, they came out aggressive and shut them down in the first half,” remarked Jayne Arledge. “We kind of let them scrap back into it in the second half, but I'm proud of the way we played and are looking forward to the tournament.”
The Crusaders wrapped up the regular season with a 19-7 record, the most wins for the team since its 22-12 finish during the 2006-2007. More importantly, the Crusaders finished 14-4 in Conference Carolinas play, securing a second place finish in the Western Division.
Coach Arledge and her team will now focus on their first ever Conference Carolinas Tournament, which tips off on Monday, February 27. As of tonight, the Crusaders will host the first round game against Coker College. The Cobras finished the season 10-6 in conference, which was good enough for a third place finish in the East Division.
The Crusaders took the only matchup of the season with Coker 78-56 in Tigerville, where the Crusaders boast an impressive 10-2 record. The Crusaders and Cobras are scheduled for a 7 p.m. tipoff, in Hayes Gymnasium.