Tigerville, S.C. - The North Greenville women's basketball team earned its second consecutive win in Conference Carolinas play on Monday night, with an 85-79 win in overtime against Mount Olive.
Alisha Hope finished the night with 20 points to lead North Greenville. Emily Wampler put together her second double-figure performance in a row, putting in 16 points of her own while also dishing out a game high eight assists. Cameron Carter and Cortney Williams scored 12 for the Crusaders while Timisty Nelson finished with 10.
The Crusaders took the early lead on Monday night, opening the game on a 15-4 run to take a 15-4 lead before the first media timeout. A jumper from Ty Wallace ended NGU's run, as the Trojans climbed back into contention. Wallace's shot sparked Mount Olive's offense as the Trojans eventually evened the score at 17-17 after a layup from Anamaria Zjacic. The Trojans would take a 34-29 lead into halftime.
Mount Olive remained in control of the second half, leading by as many as 11 points with 13:43 left. Cortney Williams set the NGU comeback in motion with 13:26 left in the game, with a midrange jumper that cut the UMO lead to nine points. The NGU defense also stepped up in the final minutes of the game, forcing 9 Trojan Turnovers in the final 12 minutes of the game. Mount Olive turned the ball over a total of 13 times in the second period, leading 21 North Greenville points.
Emily Wampler also got in on the action later in the half hitting her only three pointer of the game to cut the lead to just six. The two squads would then trade scores before the Crusaders were finally able to string together consecutive scoring possessions to pull even closer. A three pointer from Cameron Carter followed by a two from Cortney Williams would cut the UMO lead to just three points. Free throws Carter would hit another two on NGU's next possession to cut the lead to one before knocking down a three pointer to give NGU a 57-55 lead, its first lead since midway through the first period.
The Trojans would work their way back to a four point lead with 3:09 left, but a Three pointer from Alisha Hope and a free throw from Tyler Powers would even the tally with 28 seconds left in the game. The Trojans controlled possession in for the final seconds of regulation, but failed to get a shot off before the buzzer, sending the game into overtime.
The Crusaders would waste little time taking the lead in overtime. Tyler Powers quickly put North Greenville up 63-66 with a three pointer from the left elbow for the first points of extra time. Alisha Hope would then capitalize on an empty possession from the Trojans with a three of her own to give the Crusaders a 69-63 overtime lead. The six point lead would be all NGU needed, but the Crusaders continued to pour it on in the final five three minutes. Wampler would be the big winner in the OT period, going 11-12 from the free throw line, as the Crusaders would go on to earn an important conference wins.
The Crusaders, now 6-11 overall and 5-6 in Conference Carolinas play now hold the seventh position in the league rankings. The win over Mount Olive ended a four game home stand for the Crusaders in which they went 2-2. NGU will hit the road for the first time since January 7th to take on Converse College in Spartanburg, South Carolina. The Crusaders and Valkyries are scheduled for a 7pm tip.