Gaffney, S.C.—North Greenville fell behind early and continued to battle, but eventually fell to Conference Carolinas leading Limestone College 85-59 on Thursday evening in conference road action.
Timisty Nelson paced the Crusaders with 16 points, while Jaquazha Barrino finished the with 10 points , finishing the night as NGU’s only scorers in double figures. The Saints received help from several different players as five players finished with double digit performances including Jasmine Kearse who led all players with 17 points.
Jasmine Kearse put Limestone up early, setting the tone with a three pointer right out of the tip, to give the Saints a 3-0 lead. North Greenville would keep the saints within striking distance during the opening 10 minutes, but Limestone began to pull away with 11 minutes left in the opening frame. The Saints jumped out to a 17-4 lead and would hold a 16 point advantage at several points during the half. NGU would cut the lead back to down to 11 with 3:40 left in the half, but Limestone would finish the half on an 11-8 run to extend their advantage to 14 at intermission, after Timisty Nelson beat the buzzer to cut what was a 16 point lead by two.
The second half would be a tale of two offenses as NGU shot just 34.5% from the field while the Saints shot 51%. LC would lead by as many as 28 during the second period, taking advantage of North Greenville’s cold shooting. NGU finished the night with 22 turnovers while the Saints finished with 25. NGU struggled offensively as documented, but the Crusader bench edged out Limestone’s 26-23, led by Taylor Vinson who finished the game with 8 points for North Greenville.
The Crusaders fell to 6-13 on the season overall, and 2-9 in league play. NGU will return home for the first time in two weeks on Saturday, hosting the Bulldogs of Barton College. Tip is scheduled for 2pm. NGU will be hosting Crusader Club Day on Saturday, and all Crusader Club members and their guest (potential members) will receive free admission, and refreshments during halftime of the men’s and women’s games, as well as between games.