Bristol, Tenn. – North Greenville traveled to Tennessee on Monday evening to take on King University. The game against the Tornado, proceeded the Crusaders best offensive performance of the year on Saturday, but the Crusaders were unable to carry over the performance, shooting just 28% from the field, en route to a 75-62 loss.
The Crusaders had just two players in double figures, as timisty Nelson finished with 12 points, and Jaquazha Barrino led NGU with 13. Alisha Hope was one point away from the double-digit club with nine points, but led the Crusaders with 10 rebounds. Nelson added five assists to her stat line.
The Crusaders got down early in the game, trailing by 13, just nine minutes into the contest. NGU clawed back however, and pulled to within six of King after going on a 9-2 run, leaving 7:11 on the first half clock. The Tornado would quickly regroup though, and close the half on a 12-4 run of their own, extending the advantage to 14 before intermission.
The Crusaders would try to inch back into the game, cutting the lead to single digits again, with 17:42 left in the game, but the King offensive, all though not great, proved to be too much for NGU. The Tornado, which shot just 48% from the field, led by as many as 20 during regulation. North Greenville was able to cut the lead down to 13 as time expired, scoring seven points in the final two minutes, but fell short against King in their first meeting of the season.
The loss drops the Crusaders to 7-14 overall and to 3-10 in league play. North Greenville still holds the 8th spot in the Conference, ensuring them the final league playoff spot. North Greenville will host Lees-McRae on February 12th (weather pending). As of now, the Crusaders and Bobcats are scheduled for a 5:30 tipoff. GAME POSTPONEMENT DUE TO WEATHER, AND MAKEUP DATE WILL BE ANNOUNCED IF NECESSARY.