Tigerville, S.C.—A second half rally fell just short for the North Greenville Women's Basketball Team as the Crusaders dropped a 73-72 contest to Belmont Abbey College, in Tigerville.
North Greenville trailed for the entire first half, but eventually cut the lead to three points 3:39 left in the period. BAC closed the half on a 6-0 run however to take a nine point, 41-31 advantage into the locker room. NGU was outrebounded by 10 in the opening period, as the taller Belmont Abbey lineup scored 12, second chance points on the offensive end of the floor.
North Greenville continued to play from behind in the second half, trailing by as many 11 points. The Crusaders finally found rythym on the offensive though, cutting the Abbey lead to just one, with a 14-4 run. The quick burst was sparked by a Tyler Powers' three pointer that cut the BAC Crusader lead to eight points; Emily Wampler and Alisha Hope both got into the action as the run was capped by a Cameron Carter transition three pointer, her second in less than a minute.
Timisty Nelson would finally give the lead to the Crusaders on NGU's next possession, scoring two of her 18 from the floor. North Greenville would hold serve for the next three plus minutes of game play, before Belmont Abbey regained the advantage. Cortney Williams would put NGU up for the final time in the game on North Greenville's next possession with a layup from the left block, making the score 72-71.
BAC would grab a one point advantage with one minute left in the game, but a turnover on NGU's offensive possession would give Abbey a chance to put the game out of reach. The Crusader defense would force a turnover however, giving NGU a chance at the win. The Crusaders would get off two shots in the final 14 seconds of play, but missed both as Belmont Abbey grabbed the final board and ran out the clock.
NGU fell short but had three players in double figures including Nelson. Emily Wampler finished with 14 points on the night and was just one assist short of a double-double. Alisha Hope clocked in with 10 points and five rebounds.
The Crusaders, now 10-10 on the season in Conference Carolinas play, will play in its final road game of the regular season on Saturday when they travel to Due West, South Carolina to take the Erskine Flying Fleet. Tipoff for that game is scheduled for 2pm. North Greenville will wrap up the regular season on February 24th against Southern Wesleyan University in Tigerville.