Saturday, January 25, 2014

Belmont, N.C.—The Belmont Abbey women’s basketball team outlasted the NGU women on Saturday night 70-61, despite three North Greenville players posting double figure scoring performances. The two squads combined for 54 turnovers, resulting in 50 of the games 131 total points.

North Greenville turned 22 Abbey turnovers into 27 points while the Crusaders (Belmont Abbey) cashed in 23 points on turnovers. The two squads jockeyed for position in the first half of play, as there were three lead changes and six, ties during the opening 20 minutes of play. Abbey led for most of the half, but second place Belmont Abbey Crusaders were unable to pull away from NGU, which secured a 30 all score at halftime after Alisha Hope closed the period with two free throws.

North Greenville dominated the paint in the first half, outscoring Abbey 20-12, while also racking up 10 second chance to points to just three for Belmont. The two squads continued their back and forth play in the second half, but this time played to the tune of six lead changes, three for each team, and four ties. Belmont Abbey looked to be the first team to finally pull away, going on an 11-0 to take a 55-44 lead. It was the first double digit lead of the either team.

True to the form of the game however, North Greenville would fight back, and cut the Abbey lead to single digits. The Crusaders fought back to within three points of Belmont Abbey after going on an 11-3 run of their own, leaving just 2:14 left on the clock. NGU would come up short on the offensive end on three of its final four possessions however, and Belmont Abbey would score 10 of the final four fourteen points to take the 70-61 win.

The three NGU scorers in double figures were Timisty Nelson, Alisha Hope, and Tierra Richberg. Nelson led all scorers with 16 points, while Hope and Richberg dropped 13 and 12 points respectively. The Crusaders finished the game shooting just 38.8% from the field, and dropped to 6-11 overall, and 2-7 in Conference Carolinas play. King University is next on the slate for NGU which travels to Bristol, Tennessee on Wednesday for a 5:30 tip with the 3rd place Tornado.