Tigerville, S.C.—The NGU women's basketball team fell to 2-5 in Conference Carolinas play on Saturday after an 80-69 loss to King University.
The Crusaders fell to 4-10 overall on the season while the Tornado improve to 10-4. Timisty Nelson was NGU's biggest threat on offense, leading with 18 points and seven rebounds. Alisha hope and Tyler powers were also double figure scorers for NGU with 15 and 12 points respectively. The Tornado were led by Amy Van Deventer who finished the day with 26 points to lead all scorers. The Tornado shot 60 percent from the field during Saturday's game.
North Greenville again held a 20-19 lead with nine minutes left in the first half, but the Tornado (10-4, 5-3 CC) started to get their offense going. Van Deventer converted a pair of free throws before Jalan Harper drilled a three-point basket to extend the King lead. The Tornado then used a 9-0 run to gain separation. Stephanie Brantley and Whitney Mitchell made back-to-back jump shots before Brantley gave King a 38-28 lead with her only three-point basket of the game. Chelsea Bowling followed with a steal and layup, stretching the lead to 12 with two minutes left. The Crusaders scored four of the final six points of the half, but the Tornado still held a 42-32 lead at the break.
King quickly extended their lead to start the second half, scoring seven of the first nine points of the second half. Mitchell and Van Deventer started the spurt with a pair of buckets in the paint, and Keitt put King up 49-34 with a steal and layup three minutes into the half. The Tornado lead grew to as many as 23 points on numerous occasions, the final time at 76-53 with 7:27 left.
At that point, the Crusaders started to come back. Trailing 80-60 with two minutes left, North Greenville scored the final nine points of the contest to make the final score 80-69 in favor of the Tornado.
King shot a season and NCAA Division II-era best 60.0 percent (30-for-50) from the field. The Tornado also shot 41.7 percent from three and 87.5 percent from the free throw line. On the other side, North Greenville shot 43.3 percent from the floor, 26.3 percent from three and 64.3 percent from the free throw line.
The Crusaders will be back in action on January 13th 5:30 pm against Less McRae in Tigerville.