Friday, January 23, 2015

Spartanburg, S.C.—Tyler Powers and Erika Cobb combined for 30 points, while eight other players scored, including two more double-digit scorers as NGU extended its win streak to three games with a 76-52 win over Converse College.

Powers and Cobb both scored 15 points for NGU, as Powers was 5-10 from three point range while Cobb was 6-17 from the floor and 1-2 from the charity stripe. Alisha Hope scored 13 for North Greenville while Cameron Carter finished with 11 points. Cobb also collected 11 rebounds to give her a double-double, the first of her career.

The game was close for the first 10 minutes, but NGU began to pull away with about 8 minutes left in the first period. An 8-0 run would put NGU ahead 31-17 with 3:55 left in the frame, as the Valkyries struggled to get any offense going. NGU would build its lead to 17 points, but a layup just before the buzzer from Yashee Johnson would cut the North Greenville lead to 39-24 at the half.

The Valkyries opened the half on a run of their own, cutting North Greenville's once double-digit lead to nine points. Alisha Hope would break the momentum with a layup to restore order in favor of the Crusaders, making the score 41-30 with 17:22 left in the game.

The nine point lead early in the second half would be as close as Converse would get to NGU for the remainder of the game. The Crusaders' biggest lead of the game came with 7:38 left in the game, as a three pointer from Tyler Powers would give NGU a 32 point advantage.

The Crusaders shot just 40.6 percent from the field Friday, but took advantage of second chance opportunities, scoring 19 points off of missed shots. NGU's bench also put together a strong showing, scoring 32 points, led by Cobb. Paulette Addison also had a solid game off the bench with nine points.

The win over Converse evened NGU's Conference Carolinas record at 6-6 for the season, while improving the overall season mark to 7-11. The Crusaders face a tough task on Saturday evening, as they take on the sixth ranked Saints of Limestone College. The Crusaders and Saints will tipoff at 5:30 in Gaffney, South Carolina.