Saturday, January 17, 2015

Tigerville, S.C.-- The North Greenville women's basketball team erased an 11 point first half deficit and shot 50 percent in the second half, en route to a 100-86 win over the visiting Erskine College, Saturday afternoon in Hayes Gymnasium.

The competitive first half was marked by five lead changes, and ties. The Fleet held the largest lead of the game at 11 after an 11-0 run that force North Greenville to take a timeout and regroup. The Crusaders did just that, and responded with an 11-0 run of their own. Erika Cobb scored four during the NGU outburst, while Emily Wampler put the finishing touches on with a three pointer from the right arch to even the tally at 41-41. The two teams would go into halftime tied at 43-43 after a last second shot from the Fleet came up short.

North Greenville, which put together one of its best shooting performances of the season came out firing in the second half. Alisha Hope got things going right off of the inbound, hitting one of her two three pointers to give the Crusaders a 46-43 lead early on. Erskine would answer back with a layup at the other end to cut the NGU lead back down to one, keeping the Crusaders within striking distance.

Erskine kept the North Greenville lead to five points or less for the first five minutes of the half, looking to make a run and gain its first lead since the 2:20 mark of the first period. The Crusaders would be the ones to make the move however, as an 18-2 run would stack up an 18 point lead for North Greenville which now held a 73-55 advantage with 10:51 left in the game.

The Crusaders would continue to lead by double digits until the Erskine offense seemingly found its rythym late in the half. The Fleet would score on five of its next possessions, while NGU went on a two minute scoring drought, cutting North Greenville's lead to just nine points with 2:57 left to play. The Crusaders and fleet would then trade buckets as time wound down below two minutes, forcing Erskine to foul to stop the clock.

The Crusaders, which finished shooting 19-23 from the charity stripe would hit five of its six attempts from the line in the final minute of the game, wrapping up the comeback, while improving their Conference Carolinas mark to 3-6.

Timisty Nelson proved to be the cornerstone of the North Greenville offense, Saturday, finishing with 26 points while collecting 10 rebounds for a double-double. Nelson also finished with six assists and was six of nine from the free throw line. Emily Wampler also had a big day for NGU, scoring a season high 17 points, with three makes from beyond the three point arch. Alisha Hope and Erika Cobb both had 15 poitns while Tyler Powers finished with 11 points, also hitting three shots from deep.

North Greenville improved to 5-11 overall while breaking a three game league losing skid. The Crusaders will wrap up a four game home stand on Monday night when they host the University of Mount Olive at 5:30pm in Hayes Gymnasium.