Bristol, TN—Cameron Carter turned in her best performance of the season with 24-points but the Tornado proved too much down the stretch, downing the Crusaders 76-69 in the first Conference Carolinas game of the season.
Karen Donehew added 12-points and 14-rebounds for her first collegiate double double while Briana Mann added eight points off the bench. NGU shot 38.80-percent from the field and 38-percent from three-point range.
The first half remained close until the final minutes of the second quarter when NGU opened up an 11-point lead with a 12-1 run in the final four minutes. The Crusaders carried a 40-28 lead into halftime.
The Tornado would turn in a big third quarter to get themselves right back into the mix. King scored 23-points during the frame as NGU had trouble finding scoring. The Crusaders scored just 10-points as the Tornado regained an edge with a 51-50 lead as the game came down to the fourth quarter.
The Crusaders would fight back in the opening minutes of the final minutes, as points from Mychala Wolfe and Cameron Carter would give NGU its first lead since early in the third quarter at 58-54.
North Greenville would remain ahead in the latter minutes of the final period but the Tornado would make their move taking advantage of an NGU scoring drought. NGU would go scoreless for nearly two minutes, allowing King to score six unanswered points to go ahead 67-61 with 2:59 left in the game. Briana Mann would break the scoreless streak with a layup to pull NGU to within four.
A three-pointer by Carter late in the game would pull NGU to within three as the Tornado led 72-69. The Crusaders would get the chance to even the score or pull closer after forcing King to turn the ball over on its next possession but would come up short on the offensive end. The Tornado would take advantage with a pair of free throws to extend the lead to four points. North Greenville would come up empty on its next possession while the Tornado added another set of free throws to put the game away.
The Crusaders fell to 2-3 overall and 0-1 in league play after the loss. The team will break for Thanksgiving before returning to the court on November 29th to host Limestone College at 5:30pm.