Jefferson City, Tenn. - The North Greenville Crusaders fell to 1-5 on the season on Saturday after dropping a non-conference showdown with Carson Newman College 73-57.
NGU's offensive struggles continued to show on Saturday, finishing the day shooting just 33.3 percent from the field. The Crusaders shot just 25 percent in the first half. Alisha Hope led North Greenville in scoring, turning in her fourth double-digit game of the season with 17 points. Also scoring in double-digits for NGU was Timisty Nelson who finished with 12 points.
The Crusaders and Eagles fought close for the opening five minutes of play, but Carson Newman began to pull away from NGU with just under 13 minutes left in the first period. Carson Newman began building on a nine point lead, using a 14-2 run to secure an 18 point, 31-10 lead with 8:37 left in the period. North Greenville would put together a small run late in the half, but the Eagles would carry a 27 point lead into the locker room for halftime.
The Eagles would lead by as many as 33 points during Saturday's game, but the Crusaders continued to claw, and looked to orchestrate a late comeback in the second period. A 15-2 run from North Greenville would cut the Carson Newman lead to 59-42, but NGU wasn't done there. The Crusaders cut the lead down to just 14 points with plenty of time left on the clock to complete the comeback, but the Eagles would get themselves back on track late in the second period.
Carson Newman was able to keep the Crusaders at arms length, en route to the 16 point win. Alisha Hope, who led NGU in scoring, also led the Crusaders on the boards, collecting 17 13 missed shots to earn a double-double for the night. The Crusaders were 17-22 from the free throw line.
The Crusaders will be back in action on December 2nd against Pfeiffer University at 5:30 in Misenheimer, North Carolina.