Saturday, November 23, 2013

Dahlongea, Ga—Tyler Powers and Jahquzha Barrino combined for 28 points, and NGU’s bench players added 21, but it was not enough as the NGU women’s basketball team fell to 1-4 on the season, after a 92-61 loss at the hands of Georgia College and State, on Saturday afternoon.

The Crusaders were plagued by turnovers on Saturday, handing the ball over 26 times. The Bobcats turned it over just 12 times. North Georgia turned NGU’s 26 turnovers into 30 points. The Crusaders trailed by as many as seven early, but battled back to take a 19-17 lead with 9 minutes left in the opening period.

NGU would hold on the advantage for five minutes, but Bobcats would claw their back in front, and finish the half on an 8-4 run to take a 43-38 lead into Intermission. The Georgia College lead comes in spite of NGU shooting 54.5%, a season high for the Crusaders in the opening 20 minutes of play. North Georgia finished the first half, shooting just under 46% for the half,

The second half would not be as close however. The Bobcats opened the first five minutes of the second period on a 19-3 run, to take a commanding 18 point lead. North Greenville would quickly cut into the lead, and a Krisceda Cotton three pointer would cut the Bobcat lead to just 13 with 15:05 left, but another quick scoring spurt would put the game out of reach for NGU. Georgia College would lead by as many as 36 during the final 13 minutes of play, as the Bobcats cruised to 31 point victory.

Tyler Powers paced the Crusaders with 18 points while Barrino ended the game with 10 points and a team high six rebounds. North Greenville will return to action on November 26th, in Charlotte, against Johnson C. Smith University.