Mount Olive, N.C.—The North Greenville women’s basketball team’s road to the Conference Carolinas tournament got a little harder on Saturday, after the Crusaders fell to the University of Mount Olive 73-47, dropping NGU to 6-12 overall, and 2-8 in league play.
The Crusaders shot a season low, 31% from the field for the game, including a very cold 22% in the second half, making just eight of their 35 shots. The newly anointed University of Mount Olive (Formally Mount Olive College) Trojans finished the game at exactly 50%. North Greenville took the lead early holding an 8-4 advantage over the home standing Trojans, but it would fade quickly. Mount Olive would gain the lead briefly, before the Crusaders evented the tally at 12-12 with 12:42 left in the first half of play. The Trojans would then take advantage of NGU’s stagnant offense, going on a 10-0 searching out the largest lead for either team at 22-12. UMO would hold on to a double digit for much of the remainder of the first half, and finish the period with a 38-25 lead.
The second half wouldn’t get much better for North Greenville, as Mount Olive quickly extended its lead to 20 with 11:59 on the clock. The Trojans would lead by as many as 30 during the second half. North Greenville would work and cut the lead down to 25 with 4:12 left in the game, but UMO proved too much on this night, finishing off the Crusaders with a 26 point victory. The offensive struggles for NGU showed in the stat line, as the Crusaders failed to post a double-digit scorer.
Timisty Nelson was the closest for North Greenville with nine points, while Tierra Richberg had eight. Alisha Hope also had eight points, and finished 4-4 from the charity stripe. NGU was 2-16 from the three point arch, and just over 50% from the free throw line, going 11-20.
Even with the loss to Mount Olive, the Crusaders are post season bound sitting in the 8th spot in the conference rankings. The Crusaders will play one more road game on February 6th at Limestone, before returning home on the 8th to take on Barton. NGU will tipoff against the Saints on Wednesday at 5:30 pm in Gaffney, South Carolina.