Dahlonega, GA—North Greenville fell to 0-2 on the season Saturday afternoon after a 66-59 loss to Francis Marion University.
The Crusaders had three players in double-figures despite shooting 36 percent as a team. Ty Broadwater put up her first points as an NGU player and finished with 18 points to lead the team. Emily Wampler and Cameron Carter both had 14-points.
Francis Marion found success on offense scoring 25-points off of 18 NGU turnovers. North Grenville scored the first bucket of the game to take a 2-0 lead but the Patriots would gain control quickly, scoring the next 10 points to take a 10-2 lead. NGU would claw back to tie the lead at 14 but another out burst from FMU would give the Patriots a six-point lead heading into the second quarter.
FMU would once again extend the lead to eight with the first field goal of the second quarter but North Greenville continued to fight, cutting the lead to two points as the two teams headed into halftime to make adjustments.
The lead for FMU would remain a single digit one until the fourth quarter when the Patriots extended their lead to 16. The Crusaders would go just two of five from the field in the opening five minutes of the final quarter allowing the Patriots to grab a sizeable advantage. NGU would finish just nine of 26 in the second half, five of those baskets coming in the fourth quarter as the Crusaders bounced back to go five of six from the floor.
The Crusaders will travel to Brevard College on November 18th for a 6pm tipoff with the Tornados. North Greenville will open its home slate of games on November 24th against Belmont Abbey College.