Belmont, N.C.—The North Greenville Women's Basketball team fell to 2-2 in Conference Carolinas play following an 81-71 loss to Belmont Abbey.
Cortney Williams led the Crusaders with a career high 21 points while Alisha Hope added 14 points and Emily Wampler scored 10. The Crusaders shot 43 percent from the field and just 17 percent from beyond the three point arch.
NGU led by as many as 10 points during the opening period after a Cortney Williams layup with 10:07 left before halftime. The Crusaders would hold the lead for the entire half, but Abbey would go on a 6-0 run in the final two minutes to pull to within one of NGU at intermission.
Abbey continued its run into the second half, outscoring North Greenville 7-2 in the opening five minutes. The Crusaders from Belmont would take their biggest lead of 13 with 3:09 left in the game, but NGU continued to fight, and would cut the Abbey lead to just five with 48 seconds left in the game.
The Crusaders would run out of fire power however in the final minute of the game, going 0-2 from the field, including a missed three pointer, while also turning the ball over twice. Belmont Abbey Capitalized on NGU miscues, scoring the final five points of the game to extend the final margin of victory to ten.
The Crusaders finished the 2014 portion of its schedule with a 3-7 mark. The Crusaders will return to Tigerville on January 2nd against Limestone College.