Friday, January 2, 2015

Tigerville, S.C.—Number nine Limestone College upended the home standing Crusaders 88-54 in the first Conference Carolinas action of the New Year. The Crusaders shot just 36.2 percent from the field during Friday's game while the Saints finished shooting 54.4 percent from the field.

The Saints were a solid 7-12 from beyond the three point arch in the opening frame, and finished the game 9-19, while NGU finished 6 of 17. Freshmen Cortney Williams lead all scorers with 17 points and was North Greenville's only double figure scorer. Limestone used balanced scoring as four players scored in double figures, including three who scored 11. Jasmine Kearse led the Saints with 13.

NGU broke the seal just 45 seconds into the game as Emily Wampler nailed a 15 footer to give the Crusaders a quick 2-0 lead. A 19-5 run from Limestone quickly gave the Saints a commanding 19-7 lead at the first media break. The Saints took an 18 points lead with 8:15 left in the opening period, but North Greenville hit its next four shots to cut the deficit to 9 with just under five minutes left in the frame. 10 straight points to close the half from Limestone however would give the Satins a 19 point lead as the teams headed into intermission.

North Greenville once again opened the scoring in the second period, cutting the Limestone lead to 17, looking to spark a run. The nationally ranked Saints proved too strong however. The Saints shot 60 percent in the second half of Friday night's game, leading by as many as 36 points. The Crusaders improved on their first half shooting, but were unable to capitalize on 17 Limestone turnovers while the Saints turned 18 NGU turnovers into 24 points. The long athletic LC squad also out rebounded North Greenville by 20 and converted 36 points in the paint to just 22 for North Greenville.

The Crusaders fell to 3-8 overall and 2-3 in league play while Limestone improved to 10-1 with an unblemished 5-0 conference mark. North Greenville will have less than 24 hours to think about Friday's game as the Crusaders welcome Converse College to Hayes Gymnasium on Saturday at 2pm.