Saturday, January 11, 2014

Tigerville, S.C.—The North Greenville women’s basketball team fell to 4-9 overall and 0-5 in league play on Saturday, after a 75-64 defeat at the hands of the Trojans of the University of Mount Olive.

Timisty Nelson led the NGU offensive charge, scoring 18 points. Alisha Hope was also in double figures for the Crusaders with 11 points while also gathering seven rebounds. Jasmine McDonald of UMO led all scorers with 20 points.

The Trojans set the tone of the game early, going on an 9-0 run to open the game. The Trojans would lead by as many as 12 during the half, but the Crusaders would cut the lead to just two (22-20) with 4:08 left in the half. Mount Olive would answer however, and score the next nine points to take a 31-20 lead. UMO would end the half with a 10 point advantage.

The second half would look much like the first. The Trojans would lead by as many as 12 during the period, but the Crusaders would continue to hang around, and make the game close. North Greenville would make a push toward the end of the game, and pull to within five with just 3:30 left. Mount Olive, true to character of the game, would answer NGU’s run, and match buckets with the Crusaders, eventually taking the 11 point victory.

The Crusaders shot 42.9% from the field for the game while the Trojans finished with a slightly better percentage at 49.2%. The Trojans also edged NGU in the rebounding department collecting 43 boards to NGU’s 27. North Greenville will take four days off before heading to North Carolina for a conference matchup with Pfeiffer University. The Crusaders and Falcons will tipoff at 5:30.