Wilson, N.C.—A late North Greenville rally fell short on Wednesday night, as the Crusader women's basketball team fell to Barton College 84-69 in midweek Conference Carolinas action.
The Bulldogs pull ahead in the first half, riding the strength of a 58 percent shooting percentage. Barton finished the opening 20 minutes of Monday's game going 20 of 34, including a four of seven, performance from three point range. North Greenville struggled at the offensive side of the court in the opening frame, shooting just nine of 29 for 31 percent.
NGU trailed the Bulldogs by 20 heading into the second half, and by as many as 27 with just over 11 minutes left in the game. NGU finally found some offense with 11:42 on the clock, with a run started by a Cortney Williams layup. The Crusaders then went on a 22-4 run, cutting the Barton lead to seven with four minutes left in the game.
The Crusaders kept the Barton lead in single digits but the Bulldogs answered with a run of their own. A 14-6 Barton Run in the final 2:53 would put an end to NGU's comeback bid as the Bulldogs improved to 4-9 and 3-3 in league play while North Greenville fell to 4-9 and 3-4 in conference play.
The Crusaders were led by Timisty Nelson with 21 points to lead all scorers. Nelson also collected 12 rebounds, giving her, her second consecutive double-double. Alisha Hope and Emily Wampler also scored in double figures with 13 and 10 points respectively. The Crusaders finished the night at 40 percent shooting after an improved performance from the floor in the second period.
NGU still sits in position to make the post season, as the Crusaders sit ahead of Lees-McRae, Converse, and Mount Olive. North Greenville will look to improve their post season position on Saturday afternoon as the Crusaders host King University at 2pm in Hayes Gymnasium.