CRUSADERS KEEP PACE IN PLAYOFF RACE
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
CRUSADERS KEEP PACE IN PLAYOFF RACE
Spartanburg, S.C.—Powered by three double figure scorers, including Alisha Hope who had 21 points to go along with six rebounds, the North Greenville women’s basketball team inched closer to a playoff berth with a 74-68 win over Conference Carolinas foe Converse College. 

Tyler Powers also scored 21 for NGU paired with 7 rebounds while Timisty Nelson added 16 of her own points to help the Crusaders. North Greenville opened the game on a 7-0 run sparked by Tyler Powers first three pointer of the game. Powers would finish the night going 5-8 from beyond the arc. The Crusaders remained in the drivers for much of the first half, but were unable to put the game away, leading by no more than eight. The Valkyries grabbed a one point lead midway through the half, and kept the game close forcing a tie, as the teams headed into the locker rooms for intermission. 

The emotional Converse team, celebrating its seniors in their final home game, came out on fire in the second period, taking a five point lead four minutes into the half. The Valkyries claimed three double digit scorers on Wednesday. Brooke Garrison and Samira Gillcrese led Converse with 15 points apiece and Jasmine Middlebrooks added 13.  Garrison and Gillcrese also had a game high nine rebounds each. 

With 14:55 left in the game, Alisha Hope would give the Crusaders the lead for good, with a layup that gave the Crusaders a 43-42 lead. The Crusaders would lead by as many as nine in the frame, but Converse would not go quietly. The Valkyries put together a 9-2 run with 2:43 on the clock to cut NGU’s lead to 70-68 with 20 seconds left in the game. The Valkyries were unable to pull any closer however as four Powers’ free throws iced the game for the Crusaders. 

The win over Converse improved NGU to 7-11 in conference play and 9-14 overall. The Valkyries remain winless on the season with an overall record of 0-21 and a conference record of 0-11. The Crusaders will look to tie King for the 8th spot in the league on Saturday when they take on Queens University at 5:30 in Charlotte, North Carolina.