Wilson, N.C.—The North Greenville women’s basketball team to struggle in Conference Carolinas play after falling to Barton College 84-54, Wednesday evening in Wilson Gymnasium. Timisty Nelson led the Crusaders with 16 points while collecting seven rebounds. The Crusaders fell to 0-4 in league play and 4-8 overall.
The Crusaders shot just 30.4% from the field while Barton finished slightly better at 39%.. The Bulldogs took command of the game early, opening gameplay with a 12-2 run. NGU would continue to trail by no less than seven until late when a 9-0 run spurred by four points from Timisty Nelson and three pointer from Alisha Hope would pull the Crusaders to within two, with just over four minutes left in the opening frame.
The Bulldog defense would stiffen, however in the final four minutes of the half, allowing just four more points for the Crusaders en route to a 39-28 halftime lead. Nelson led the offensive attack for NGU in the first half with 11 points, going 4 of 11 from the field, while two three pointers from Alisha Hope would give her six for the half.
North Greenville would fall further behind in the first three minutes of the second half, as Barton would once again start game play with a three minute mini run. Nine consecutive unanswered points from Bulldogs would put BC ahead comfortably with a 48-28 advantage with 17 minutes left in regulation. The Crusaders would cut the lead to 16, but would be unable to claw back into the game, as the Bulldogs would go on to enjoy a 30 point win over NGU.
The Crusaders gave up 17 turnovers which led to 19 Barton points but also capitalized on 14 BC turnovers, scoring 16 points off of the Bulldog miscues. The biggest discrepancy came in the rebounding area where the Bulldogs pulled down 63 missed shots, leading to 23 second chance points, while North Greenville collected 38 rebounds, leading to 15 second chance scores.
NGU had just one player in double digits in Nelson, but four players added six points each to the NGU cause including Taylor Vinson who accounted for six points to lead all bench scorers. The Crusaders wil have two days regroup before hosting Mount Olive College in the first home game of the 2014 portion of the schedule. NGU and the Trojans are scheduled for a 2pm tip in Hayes Gymnasium.