Banner Elk, N.C.—NGU put together its best shooting performance of the season, shooting 58.2 percent from the field with six players in double figures en route to a 96-83 win over Lees-McRae in a Conference Carolinas road contest, Saturday afternoon.
NGU's entire starting lineup put up double-digit numbers on Saturday, including Alisha Hope who finished with 15 to lead the Crusaders. Cortney Williams scored 14 while TImisty Nelson, had 13. Tyler Powers finished with 12 points while Emily Wampler scored 11. Cameron Carter also scored 13 for NGU.
The game had the makings of a tight race to the finish in the opening minutes, but NGU finally grabbed the lead with 14:03 left in the opening period and led the rest of the way. The Bobcats came to within one point of NGU with 6:20 left before halftime but NGU closed the door with a 10-0 run to regain a double-digit lead. The Crusaders would lead by 15 at intermission.
NGU would come out swinging to start the second half, extending its lead to 22 points with 14:35 left in the game. Paulette Addison would hand NGU its biggest lead of the day a few second later as her layup extended the lead to 24 points. The Crusaders shot 56.3 percent from the field in the second half, as they locked up a spot in the league playoffs.
The Crusaders are now 11-14 on the season, and 10-9 in league play. NGU sits in seventh place in the conference. The Crusaders will host Belmont Abbey College on Wednesday evening in Tigerville. Tipoff is scheduled for 5:30pm.