NGU offense struggles in loss to Mount Olive
Saturday, January 9, 2016
NGU offense struggles in loss to Mount Olive

Tigerville, S.C.—North Greenville fell to 3-9 overall and 1-5 in Conference Carolinas play on Saturday following a 71-49 loss to the University of Mount Olive.

The Crusaders shot just 25-percent from the field in the defeat while the Trojans knocked down 36-percent of their shots. Chantel Strahorn and Cameron Carter paced the NGU offense with 10-points each while Divonnie Powell scored a career high with 12-boards. The normally solid three-point shooting for North Greenville was cold on Saturday as the Crusaders shot just 16-percent from beyond the arc.

The two squads played to an even first quarter but North Greenville fell behind in the second as the Trojans ran the lead to 13-points before intermission. UMO outscored the Crusaders 22-9 in the second frame.

North Greenville's offense went frigid in the third period, going more than seven minutes without a basket. UMO scored 14-points in the same time frame en route to a 27-point lead. Erika Cobb broke the scoreless drought with a jumper, making the score 52-17 with 1:30 left in the third.

The Crusaders found some production in the fourth period capitalizing on nine of 16-possessions. The damage had been done though as the Trojans held the 20-point advantage on the way to their fourth league win of the season.

North Greenville's bench provided a needed boost for the second night in a row, scoring 20-points. Aliya Maloof led the NGU support players with seven points while Ciara Suggs had five points and knocked down a three pointer. Mount Olive's size on the inside was the difference maker as the Trojans scored 36-points in the paint led by Areal Johnson who had 13.

North Greenville will face another tough test on the 13th when the team travels to Bristol for a conference bout with King University. The rematch with the Tornado is scheduled for 5:30pm.