Charlotte, N.C.—Timisty Nelson’s game high 22 points was not enough for North Greenville on Tuesday night, as the Crusaders fell to Johnson C. Smith University 72-66, while falling to 1-5 overall on the 2013-2014 season.
Nelson’s game high is also a new season high for her, while also collecting a team high nine rebounds. Alisha Hope also found her way into the double-digit column Wednesday night, with 17 points for North Greenville. Krisceda Cotton added 12 points to the NGU total.
The Crusaders fell behind early but battle back and briefly took the lead in the opening 20 minutes of play. Krisceda Cotton would give NGU a one point lead, followed up by an Aliyah Stokes three pointer which gave NGU a 16-12 lead, with 13:01 left in the game. The lead would be short lived however, as Johnson C. Smith would regain the advantage, with 9:45 left before half time.
North Greenville would even the tally twice in the final nine minutes of the half, but the Gold Bulls would escape with a two point 36-34 lead as the teams headed to the locker rooms. Percentage wise, the Crusaders were stellar in the first twenty of play, shooting 51.7% from the field, while the Bulls shot just 36.4%.
North Greenville would come out cold in the second half, missing six of the first eight shots attempted. Johnson C. Smith would take advantage of the NGU scoring drought, extending the once four point lead to 12, with 13:39 left. The Golden Bulls would lead by as many as 15, but the Crusaders stayed within striking distance and make a late run. Timisty Nelson would score four points, and Krisceda Cotton and Alisha Hope would lend assistance as the Crusaders crept back to within six of the Bulls, but time would expire, on North Greenville, and Johnson C. Smith would escape with the six point win.
The Crusaders finished the game shooting 41.7% overall, after a 32.3% shooting performance in the second period. NGU will come back from Thanksgiving break on December 3rd, as Conference Carolinas foe, Limestone College makes the short trip to Tigerville. The Saints will enter the December matchup, ranked, 22nd in the latest NCAA coaches pole. Tipoff between the Crusaders and Saints is scheduled for 5:30 pm in Hayes Gymnasium.