Mount Olive, N.C. – Alicia Jones scored 21-points while Cameron Carter added 20, but it was not enough as the Mount Olive Trojans used a big second half to earn a 76-71 win over the Crusaders.
NGU trailed by five points but a big second quarter earned the Crusaders an 11-point lead at halftime. North Greenville outscored the Trojans 23-7 in the second frame, led by Jones who scored 11. The Crusaders scored 18-points in the final five minutes of the half to gain the advantage at intermission.
North Greenville carried its lead into the fourth quarter but the Trojans cut the once double-digit advantage to just one point, scoring 26-points in the third. The Crusaders answered with 16-points of their own.
The Crusaders would continue to lead throughout the fourth quarter as an Elizabeth Trentham layup extended the lead to 59-54. The Trojans finally made their move with 6:24 left in the game when Felecity Havens two-pointer evened the tally at 60-60. Havens added a free throw to complete a three-point play to give UMO its first lead of the final quarter.
The three-point play sparked an 8-0 run for the Trojans, giving them a 65-60 lead with 3:51 left to play. Cameron Carter pulled NGU to within two points with a pair of free throws as NGU trailed 69-67. Mount Olive put a halt to NGU’s attempted comeback with a 7-2 run in the final two minutes of the contest though as NGU was left searching for its first Conference Carolinas win of the season.
The Crusaders, now 3-6 overall and 0-3 in league play had three players in double-figures including Karen Donehew who added 12-points to the big games by Jones and Carter. NGU will travel to Columbia, South Carolina to take on Benedict College at 6pm.