Gaffney, S.C.—The 2013-2014 season came to an end for the North Greenville women’s basketball team on Saturday evening, as the Crusaders fell to regular season conference champion Limestone College 69-56 in the first round of the Conference Carolinas tournament.
The Crusaders trailed early from the opening tip, but eventually took their first lead with 9:30 left in the first half. The lead changed hands several times in the final half of the opening period, but the Saints would grab the upper hand as the two teams headed into the locker rooms for intermission, However the lead could have been larger, but a Krisceda Cotton three pointer at the buzzer cut a once six point lead down to just three.
Both offenses were hot in the first half, shooting at or above 50%. NGU was 5-7 from the beyond the three point line, led by Aliyah Stokes who was 2-2 and Emily Wampler who was 2-3. North Greenville would cut the lead to just one at the start of the second period, but the Saints quickly jumped on NGU, embarking on an 18-1 run, to give Limestone its biggest lead of the game at 50-32, leaving just 11:14 on the game clock.
The saints would build their lead to as many as 22, at 8:47 and 6:48 left in the game, but the Crusaders continued to fight, cutting the lead to 14 with 3:15 left. NGU went cold however in the final three minutes of the game, would be unable to pull the comeback upset, leading to its third loss to Limestone this season. NGU had just one player in double figures in Emily Wampler, who finished with 12 points, 4 of 10 shooting. All 12 of her points came from three. Krisceda Cotton and Aliyah Stokes both finished the game with nine points.
NGU finishes the season 10-17 overall, and 6-12 in Conference Carolinas play.