Despite 17 first half points by Chantel Strahorn, a cold shooting second half saw the Crusaders drop their conference opener to Belmont Abbey in overtime by a score of 87-81.
Strahorn paced the Crusaders in the first half with five three pointers, her first one coming in the opening minute of play. North Greenville opened up a 13-4 lead on Belmont Abbey before the visitors were able to make a small run. The nine point lead slimmed to five before North Greenville stretched the lead again, ending the first half up 11 points. The Crusader lead would jump to 20 in the second quarter as Strahorn continued to light it up from three point range. Belmont Abbey battled back and was able to chip away at the lead, knocking the lead down to 12 points, 45-33.
The third quarter saw much of the same as North Greenville ran the lead up as far as 16 points and saw the lead drop to as low as eight. The fourth quarter saw a complete turnaround from the visitors. With 4:56 left in the game, Belmont Abbey began a run that brought the lead down to two points, as the Crusaders would not score a basket again until the 1:36 mark. That would be the last bucket for North Greenville in regulation, as Belmont Abbey evened the score to send it to overtime.
The cold shooting continued in the overtime period, as Belmont Abbey took the lead early and never gave it up. The Crusader comeback attempt fell short as they could not get any shots to fall in overtime, giving Belmont Abbey the win by a final score of 87-81.
Strahorn finished the night with 19 points and four rebounds while Ty Broadwater, Emily Wampler and Cameron Carter each finished with 14 points apiece. Broadwater's seven rebounds let the team and Carter's four assists paced the Crusader offense.
The Crusaders return to action on December 1 in Franklin Springs, Ga. as they take on Emmanuel College in a Conference Carolinas matchup. Tipoff is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.