Meisenheimer, N.C.—Four Crusaders scored in double figures, while scoring 17 points off of turnovers, leading North Greenville to a 75-66 win over Pfeiffer University in early week Conference Carolinas action.
The Crusaders got help from all five starters in Tuesday night's game, led by Alisha Hope, who finished with 23 points, a new season high for the senior. Tyler Powers and Cortney Williams also scored in double figures for NGU with 10 points each. North Greenville also got a scoring boost from the bench on Tuesday, led by Amber Martin who scored 11 points.
The Crusaders surged ahead in the first half of Tuesday's contest, shooting a season high 66.7 percent in the opening 20 minutes. The Crusaders led by as many as 15 in the first, and carried a 13 point lead into halftime. The game remained for a majority of the half however, as NGU clung to a slim one digit lead. The Crusaders finally broke through with just over four minutes left as Erika Cobb put the team up by 10. NGU ended the half on a 9-6 run.
North Greenville's offensive production fell dramatically in the second period Tuesday, shooting just 25 percent, but the Crusaders were able to hold off the home standing Falcons. Pfeiffer also struggled offensively during half number two, shooting just over 35 percent. Despite its struggles, North Greenville was able to extend the lead to its biggest margin of the season, leading Pfeiffer by 20 points with 7:34 left in the game.
NGU's big lead wasn't without drama however, as the Falcons looked to take the lead early in the period. A quick 5-1 outburst from the Falcons with the North Greenville lead to just six 12:48 left on the game clock. NGU was not without answers however. A 14-0 run, spearheaded by Timisty Nelson, who scored four of her nine points during the five minute run would earn North Greenville its biggest margin of comfort of the season. Also scoring during the 14 point surge was Alisha Hope who added a three pointer, as well as Erika Cobb.
Pfeiffer put together one more run in the final minutes of the game, and cut the North Greenville lead to just five with 21 seconds left, but Emily Wampler would put the game on ice for NGU with four free throws to give NGU its second conference win of the season. The Crusaders are now 2-5 on the season, and 2-1 in Conference Carolinas play. They will be back in action tomorrow night at Western Carolina University in an Exhibition game that begins at 7pm.