Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Tigerville, S.C.—The North Greenville women’s basketball team fell to 1-2 on the season, and 0-1 in Conference Carolinas play after a heartbreaking 65-62 loss to Belmont Abbey in overtime on Wednesday night in Hayes Gymnasium. 

Tyler Powers led the Crusaders with 17 points, while Alisha Hope lended 15 points to the North Greenville cause. Hope and Powers were the only double-digit scorers for NGU. Krisceda Cotton added 8 points off the bench for NGU while pacing the team with 10 rebounds. 

The Crusaders trialed from the opening tip tonight, and struggled scoring in the first half, including a five minute scoring drought to open the first frame. The Crusaders finished the first half with a 25.9% shooting percentage, but only trailed by 8 at intermission. 

Belmont Abbey continued to extend its lead in the second half, and led by as many as 16 before the Crusaders began their comeback. North Greenville would embark on a 24-8 run that spanned nine minutes tying the game at 48, with 2:55 left on the game clock. The fireworks would continue in the final two minutes of action but just six points would be scored. 

Belmont’s Morgan Midkiff would hand the Abbey Crusaders a 51-48 lead, with her first three pointer of the game. Midkiff finished with 23 points, including nine in the ensuing overtime period. The Crusaders answered the challenge, and with time running out, none other than North Greenville’s Tyler Powers would even the tally with a three pointer from the left elbow. Powers was 5-13 from downtown, none more important than her last, which sent the game into bonus time. 

NGU would gain control of the ball at the beginning of overtime, but Belmont Abbey would take advantage of NGU’s 25th turnover of the game, turning it into a 53-51 lead early in the bonus period. The two squads would then trade turnovers before Aliyah Stokes stroked a three to give the NGU Crusaders a 54-53 lead. It would North Greenville’s last of the game. Abbey would finish the final 3:47 of overtime with a 12-7 run, earning the Crusaders their first league win of the season, while North Greenville fell to 0-1 in conference play. 

Morgan Midkiff led all scorers with 23 points, on 9 of 22 from the field. McKenzie Owen finished the game with 18 points for Abbey. Powers finished the game with 4 steals for North Greenville while Krisceda Cotton registered 3 of her own takeaways. The teams were even in turnovers, as NGU had 28 and Belmont had 27. Abbey turned the North Greenville turnovers into 29 points, while the Crusaders cashed in 19 points off of Abbey giveaways. 

North Greenville will return to the floor on November 22 with a game against North Georgia College and State at 6pm in Dahlonega, Georgia.