Monday, February 18, 2013
Belmont, N.C.—The North Greenville women’s basketball team fell to 8-14 overall, and 6-12 in Conference Carolinas play, after losing to Belmont Abbey College 77-64. The Crusaders lost despite leading for a majority of regulation. 

Timisty Nelson continued her strong offensive play, leading all scorers with 21 points. Ashleigh Edwards scored 14 for NGU while going 4-8 from three point range, while Alisha Hope scored 11 points to cap the double digit scorers for North Greenville. 

Both teams were stellar in the first half, shooting just above 50% from the field. The two teams struggled for control early in the first half. Abbey came out on top, taking a 9 point lead with 13:40 left in the opening frame. North Greenville wasted little time responding scoring 10 unanswered points to take a one point lead with 10 minutes left before intermission. NGU would lead by as many as 10 during the opening half, and would lead by 6 at halftime. 

The Crusaders (North Greenville) clung to that lead until the Belmont Abbey Crusaders regained the advantage for good with 8 minutes left in the period. The Abbey Crusaders led by as many as 14 points during the second half, on their way to a 10th conference win. They are now 10-8 in league play, and 11-11 overall. 

Abbey enjoyed four players in double figures, including McKenzie Owen, who scored 16 to lead the team. Morgan Midkiff was next in line with 15 points. Kiki Allen scored 12 points to go with an assist. Kelsey Long was the fourth Belmont Abbey player in double figures with 11 points. 

Both teams were evenly matched throughout the night, but Abbey took advantage of its strong bench play, which outscored NGU’s bench 55-10. Abbey had one more rebound than North Greenville with 27, and also edged NGU in points off turnovers with 22 to the Crusaders 19. North Greenville remains two games behind 8th place King College, in the fight for the final playoff spot. 

The Crusaders will look to pull closer to the Tornado on Wednesday when they travel to Spartanburg to take on Converse College. The tipoff between NGU and Converse is set for 7pm.