Tigerville, S.C.—Tyler Powers was 7-12 from three point range, and 9-14 from the field, while three other players scored in double figures, as NGU routes Allen University 88-65 in Saturday non-conference action.
The Crusaders shot 42 percent in the first half, led by Tyler Powers who topped her season high in points in the opening 20 minutes scoring 22 points, going 6 of 11 from three point range and 8 of 13 overall. Alisha Hope finished the half with eight points while Cameron Carter put u seven.
North Greenville fell behind early in the first half, but worked its way into a slime two point lead before the first media break. The Crusaders used the next six minutes of the half to extend their lead to 11 points. The run was largely spurred by Alisha Hope and Powers as the two combined to score 12 points during the run. Powers accounted for eight of those points including two three pointers while Hope added a pair of layups. The run was a 16-7 spurt with the advantage tilting in NGU's favor.
Allen would cut the NGU lead back to nine with 8:58 left on the first half clock. It would be last singled digit lead of the game for North Greenville. The Yellow Jackets would only be able to muster 12 more points in the closing eight minutes of the half, while NGU sprinted out to a 17 point lead, its biggest game thus far. NGU enjoyed a 43-26 lead as the teams headed into intermission.
North Greenville would pick up where it left off in the second half, opening the second frame on a 10-0 run. Cameron Carter would open the scoring with two of her 13 points, while Alisha Hope scored five. The run was capped by a Powers three pointer. The Crusaders would lead by as many as 34 points, that lead coming with 13:01 left in the game. The Crusaders turned 20 Yellow Jacket turnovers into 29 points during the dominating win, while also adding 19 fast break points.
The North Greenville bench also played a role in the win, outscoring the Allen bench 21-8. NGU had four players in double figures, including Powers who set a new career high with 25 points. Alisha Hope added 17 points, while Cameron Carter and Erika Cobb added 13 points each. The Crusaders shot 42.7 percent for the game while Allen shot just under 40 percent at 39.1 percent.
The Crusaders improved to 3-5 on the season, with tw0 more games before heading home for Christmas vacation. NGU will travel down Highway 25 on Monday night to take on the Furman Paladins at 7pm. The Crusaders will wrap up the 2014 portion of its schedule on December 13th at Belmont Abbey College.