Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Tigerville, S.C.—The North Greenville women’s basketball team chalked its second straight win and eighth win overall on Wednesday after a convincing 92-61 triumph over the Flying Fleet of Erskine College.

The Crusaders enjoyed balanced scoring with four players in double-figures. Tyler Powers led the charge with 20 points, going 6-14 from beyond the three-point arch. Alisha Hope registered 17 points on 6-11 shooting while also collecting three steals. Timisty Nelson accounted for NGU’s only double double with 11 points and 11 rebounds, while Ashleigh Edwards scored 14 from the point.

Erskine would take an early two-point lead, but North Greenville responded quickly with a Landrie Fox free throw and a three-pointer from Ashleigh Edwards to take a 4-2 advantage. NGU would never trail again, but struggled to put the Fleet away in the first half. NGU led by as many as eight points in the opening frame, but Erskine battled back each time NGU would make a run, keeping the game close. The Crusaders, who shot just 27.7% in the led by just one point at intermission.

NGU continued to challenge the fleet in the second half, and pushed the lead to double digits twice in the first five minutes of play, but the Fleet continued to battle and cut the lead to nine. NGU would begin to pull away, midway through the second frame, after going on an 8-1 run to take a 56-39 lead. Erskine would go on to shoot just 25% in the second half, as the Crusaders jogged to a 31-point victory, their largest margin of victory on the season.

The Fleet had just two players in double figures including Tara Potter who scored 16. Jana Dixon scored 12 points while collecting 10 rebounds for a double double. Haleigh Spalding was next in line with 9 points. The Fleet fell to 2-21 on the season, and 1-16 in Conference Carolinas play.

Both teams struggled offensively Wednesday. The Fleet shot just 31.1%. North Greenville gained a slight edge shooting at 39% clip. North Greenville dominated the paint collecting 54 rebounds while scoring 24 at the basket. NGU’s bench outscored Erskine’s bench 25-9 while turning 21 Flying Fleet turnovers into 23 points. The Crusaders also took advantage of their transition game scoring 17 fast break points.

The Crusaders have now won five of their last eight games, including tonight’s win over Erskine. The Crusaders are now 8-13 on the season and 6-11 in league play. North Greenville remains in the hunt for the final playoff spot, sitting just two wins behind the King University Tornado. NGU will look to inch closer to King on February 16th, when the Crusaders take on Belmont Abbey at 5:30 in Belmont, North Carolina.