Saturday, January 19, 2013
Misenheimer, N.C.—The North Greenville women’s basketball team was left still searching for its first Conference Carolinas win of the season on Saturday afternoon, after losing a 86-71 overtime decision to Pfeiffer University. The Crusaders fell to 2-10 on the season and 0-8 in league play after the road loss. 

Alisha Hope continues to lead the Crusaders’ offensive attack after posting 16 points to lead the team. Hope now has 124 points on the season. Freshmen Tyler Powers posted another double digit performance with 12 points while team leader Timisty Nelson scored 10. The Crusaders shot just 39.4% from the field for the game and 61.5% from the field. 

The Falcons were slightly better from the field shooting 42.9% hitting 30 of their 70 attempted shots. Brittany Cox led all scorers with 29 points for the Falcons while Christina Harvey pocked 21 points of her own for Pfeiffer. Jodie Lemons and Kellie Rhony both scored 14. The Falcons shot 80% from the field in overtime. 

The Crusaders trailed by as many as 13 in the first half, but battled back to take a slim six point advantage with 6:35 left when a Tyler Powers’ 3-pointer gave NGU the 23-17 advantage. The Falcons bounced back however and closed the half on a 16-6 run to take a 4 point lead into intermission. 

The second half proved to be a competitive one, seeing seven ties and eight lead changes. The Crusaders trailed by as many as seven in the period, but continued to battle, and cut the lead to two with 1 second left when Ciara Anderson secured her second of two steels and laid the ball into the net, tying the game at 66, effectively forcing overtime. 

The Crusaders drew first blood in the five minute overtime period when Timisty Nelson took the opening tip and laid it in, giving the Crusaders a 68-66 lead, but it would be all Falcons from that point on. North Greenville’s final three points came from the free throw line as Pfeiffer went on an 18-3 run spanning the final four minutes of overtime securing its sixth Conference Carolinas win of the season. The Falcons are now 11-2 overall and 6-2 in league play. 

The Crusaders will look for their first conference win of the season on Monday evening when they travel to Due West, South Carolina to take on the Flying Fleet of Erskine College. Tipoff between the Crusaders and Fleet is scheduled for 5pm on Monday evening.