Tigerville, S.C. – North Greenville’s bid for an upset fell just short on Tuesday night as #14 Limestone College escaped Tigerville with a 73-67 win over the Crusaders in Conference Carolinas action.
The Crusaders trailed by 10-points with 1:31 left in the third quarter but a Cameron Carter three-pointer pulled North Greenville to within seven points as the Saints held a seven point advantage. Carter would do her best in the final minutes to pull the Crusaders closer knocking down a pair of free-throws and another triple to cut Limestone’s lead to 53-58 at the buzzer.
Ayano Shelton would pull North Greenville closer with NGU’s second possession of the final quarter, knocking down a jumper to make the score 55-52 in favor of the Saints. Limestone kept the Crusaders at arms length for several minutes before a made three pointer from Alicia Jones once again cut the lead to two points. Jones would then split a pair of free throws later on in the quarter to pull NGU to within one point, the closest they had been to Limestone since early in the first quarter.
The Crusaders would continue to hang around late in the quarter until the Saints found a bit of offense late in the game to create some space, using a 6-1 run to make the score 71-62 with 2:27 left in the game. NGU answered with a five point burst as Jessica Garlington’s three made it 71-65 while Karen Donehew’s jumper cut the deficit to four.
Limestone would once again stretch the lead to six points late in the quarter as an NGU three pointer was called off due to an illegal screen. The Saints would hit a set of free throws in the final minutes to put the game on ice and improve to 4-1 overall and 1-0 in league play. North Greenville fell to 2-4 and 0-2 in conference.
Carter led all scorers with 23-points on Tuesday night, going 5 of 12 from deep and 7 of 15 overall from the field. Jessica Garlington would give NGU valuable minutes off the bench, turning in a career high 15-points, going 5 of 15 from three point range. Karen Donehew turned in 12-points and 14-rebounds for the game’s only double double.
The Crusaders will break for exams before returning to the court on December 8th to host Tusculum College at 6pm.