Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Spartanburg, S.C.—The North Greenville women’s basketball team won its second straight game for just the second time this season, after beating Converse College 63-50 on the road in a crucial Conference Carolinas showdown.

The win over the Valkyries keeps NGU in the league playoff picture, and improves the Crusaders to 5-11 in conference action. North Greenville ran into a pesky Converse squad, which celebrated their seniors before Tuesday night’s game. The Valkyries played inspired during the first half, trading the lead with the Crusaders several times. Converse led twice during the first half, taking advantage of strong post play, to take a five point lead.

NGU would remain close however, and begin to pull away by the end of the first period. North Greenville compiled a 10 point lead, with less than three minutes to play in the first half, and would carry a seven point advantage into the locker room at halftime. North Greenville took advantage of 10 Converse turnovers during the first half, leading to 14 points.

The Crusaders would double their lead early in the second half, taking a 13 point edge on an Alisha Hope layup, giving NGU a 41-28 lead. The Valkyries would hang around however, making the final five minutes of the game interesting for North Greenville. NGU led by as many as 14 points with 7:01 left, but a quick 8-0 burst from Converse cut the Crusader lead to just six points with 4:48 left in the game.

NGU and the Valkyries would trade baskets on each of their next two possessions, before NGU regained control of the game. Emily Wampler would put NGU back in the double digit lead column with a three pointer 2:51 left. Wampler would put the nail in the proverbial coffin in the last two minutes, outscoring Converse 5-2 in the final 1:46, earning NGU its 9th win overall on the season.

Wampler finished the game with 14 points, one of three Crusaders who scored in double figures. Also in the double-digit club was Timisty Nelson who scored 12 points and Taylor Vinson who led all scorers with 18 points. Nelson led NGU with nine rebounds while Vinson recovered six missed shots.

The Crusaders will try to win three games in a row for the second time this season on February 22nd, when Erskine travels to Tigerville for a Saturday 2pm tipoff in Hayes Gymnasium.