Friday, November 20, 2015

Asheville, N.C.—North Greenville women's basketball fell to 1-3 on the season after a 67-65 loss to Warren Wilson College, Friday evening in a non-conference tilt.

Chantel Strahorn led the NGU charge with 14 points while three other starters scored in double-figures for the Crusaders. Elizabeth Trentham scored 12 for NGU while Erika Cobb and Emily Wampler both finished with 11 points.

North Greenville led for most of the first half after a three pointer from Strahorn gave NGU a 3-2 lead. The Crusaders would lead by as many as 11-points during the first two quarters but a strong push from the Owls in the final three minutes would cut North Greenville's lead to just three.

The Crusaders would fall behind by three, early in the third period but a 12-0 run would put them back in front, 52-42. They would nurse that lead until late in the fourth quarter when Emily Wampler would knock down North Greenville's last shot to make the score 63-59 before a nearly two minute dry-spell.

The Owls would take advantage of NGU's lack of offense in the final minutes, scoring on three of their next four possessions while NGU hit just one shot as Warren Wilson evened the tally at 65-65. The Crusaders would have a chance to go ahead and a chance to tie after Warren Wilson grabbed a 67-65 lead, but both attempts for NGU would miss as the clock ran out, leaving NGU with a non-conference loss.

NGU's offense struggled for much of the night despite leading for almost 30-minutes shooting just 32 percent. The Crusaders committed just eight turnovers and collected 44 rebounds as a team.

The Crusaders will open Conference Carolinas play on Tuesday night as they welcome Belmont Abbey College to Tigerville for their first home game of the 2015-2016 season. Tipoff between NGU and Belmont Abbey is scheduled for 5:30pm.