Saturday, January 4, 2014

Due West, South Carolina – The North Greenville women’s basketball team fell to 0-3 in Conference Carolinas play, and 4-7 overall, after opening the new year with a 71-66 loss to Erskine College.

The loss to the Flying Fleet ended a three game winning streak for the Crusaders. Both tems struggled offensively, shooting just 42% for the game. Alisha Hope led the way for NGU with 18 points, while Erskine’s Kristin Giles led all scorers with 21 points, going 3-4 from beyond the three point arch.

North Greenville held the advantage for the entire first half, leading by as many as 10, but Erskine ended the first period on a 13-7 run, to cut the NGU lead to 33-31 at intermission. Hope led North Greenville during the opening frame with 12 points, but the Crusaders committed seven turnovers, leading to 14 Fleet points.
Erskine would pick up the offense in the second half, opening the period on a 9-4  run, giving the Flying Fleet the lead 40-38 with 15:00 left in regulation.

Erskine would build its lead to as many as eight during the half, but the Crusaders would continue to battle. Timisty Nelson’s nine points in the second period would keep the Crusaders within striking distance. Nelson finished the game with 12 points, and the Crusaders would pull to within two several times but were unable to pull ahead.

Erskine would shoot 50% during the second half, and hit seven three pointers down the stretch to secure the first conference win of the season for the Fleet. The Crusaders boasted two other players in double digits in Jaquazha Barrino who scored 10, and Tierra Richberg who scored 11. Alisha Hope added 10 rebounds to go along with her 18 points for a double-double.

NGU will take the court again in four days when the Crusaders take on Barton on the road in Wilson North Carolina. Toss and tap between the Crusaders and Bulldogs is scheduled for 5:30pm.