Tigerville, S.C.—Timisty Nelson deposited a season high in points and rebounds with 27 and 17, while NGU turned 28 Falcon turnovers into 25 points, en route to an 80-75 win over Conference Carolinas opponent Pfeiffer University.
The Crusaders fell behind early 9-2 as Pfeiffer hit four of its first six shots and two free throws to take the early lead. Tyler Powers would pull NGU to within five a few minutes later with a bank shot three pointer that pulled NGU to within five.
Pfeiffer and NGU would trade the lead several times in the remaining 16:35 before NGU was able to put together a run to gain control. The Crusaders scored six unanswered points to take a 31-25 lead, leaving 5:41 on the Clock. The Falcons would pull back to within one, but two consecutive baskets for TImisty Nelson would give NGU a 4-35 lead as the teams headed into the locker rooms for intermission.
Nelson finished the first half with 10 points on five of eight shooting. Emily Wampler finished the opening period with nine points while Alisha Hope and Erika Cobb both had six points.
NGU picked up where it left off as the second half got underway, adding to its five-point lead. Emily Wampler got things started in the second period with a three pointer that extended the lead to 43-35. The Falcons would cut the lead back down to six points, but Cortney Williams and Timisty Nelson would combine for the next five points to give NGU the first double digit lead of the game for either team.
NGU would maintain its comfortable margin for much of the second half, but had to weather one more Pfeiffer comeback attempt to come out with the win. A 7-0 run which started with just over six minutes on the clock would even the tally at 66-66, leaving 4:57 on the clock. It was the first tie since the 7:32 mark of the opening period.
Pfeifer would go on to take a one-point lead after a set of free throws, which also tied the game. The Crusaders would immediately answer, as Cortney Williams hit a step back jumper to give NGU the 68-67 edge with just under five minutes remaining. NGU would go on to capitalize on its final seven possessions to seal its seventh Conference Carolinas win of the season.
Nelson finished the game with 27 points to lead scorers on Saturday, she also collected a season high 17 rebounds giving her a double double for the day. Emily Wampler continued her solid season with 16 points while Cortney Williams finished with 12.
The Crusaders will travel to Central, South Carolina on February 3rd to take on Southern Wesleyan University at 5:30PM.