Tigerville, S.C.—The North Greenville women's basketball team fell to 1-3 on the season Saturday afternoon, after suffering a non-conference loss to Johnson C. Smith University, 75-61.
The Crusaders sprinted out of the gates early on to take an 11-2 lead, but the Golden Bulls fought their way back into the game and cut North Greenville's lead to 19-16 with 6:19 left in the half. The Golden Bulls would take their first lead at 27-25, and take a 28-25 advantage into intermission.
The Crusaders would lead briefly in the second period, but it would be short lived. NGU gained a 33-32 advantage less than five minutes into the second half, but Johnson C. Smith would answer quickly to regain the lead that it would not surrender for the final 17:06 of regulation.
North Greenville would keep it close, for most of the half, but were unable to pull ahead of the Golden Bulls. Who took their biggest lead of 61-46 with 7:28 left in the game. The Crusaders chipped away on the 15 point deficit, pulling to within six with 3:35 left in the game, but an 11-7 run in the final three minutes would secure the win for JSCU.
The Crusaders were led by Timisty nelson who led all scorers with 21 points. Alisha Hope, who was honored before the game for reaching the 1000 point plateau in her career finished with 17 points and eight rebounds. The Crusaders struggled from the field as a team however, hitting just 22 of 67 shots for a 32.8 percentage from the field.
The Crusaders will look to close out its pre-Thanksgiving schedule with a Conference Carolinas win over Emmanuel College on Tuesday night. NGU and Emmanuel will tipoff at 5:30 pm in Hayes Gymnasium.