Columbia, S.C. – North Greenville women’s basketball suffered a 108-92 loss to Benedict College on Tuesday night, wrapping up the 2016 portion of the team’s schedule.
The Crusaders shot 40.9 percent as a team on Tuesday night and took a 12-point lead after the opening quarter. The Tigers fought back in the second quarter and pulled to within four but the Crusaders were able to maintain a small advantage as they carried a 49-45 lead into halftime.
North Greenville extended the lead to six just 30-seconds into the third quarter but Benedict quickly pulled even at 51-51 with 7:50 left in the third. The Tigers and Crusaders would then battle to the tune of eight lead changes and six lead changes. Benedict then created some separation late in the third, closing out the final minute with a 9-5 run to put NGU in a 79-73 hole.
The Tigers, which shot 48-percent overall and 50-percent from three-point range took advantage of a North Greenville offense, which struggled to find points in the second half. The Crusaders shot 35.7-percent in the last two quarters, hitting just 13 of their 36-shots as Benedict’s once small lead had ballooned to 18-points with North Greenville trailing 104-86.
The Crusaders cut the lead to 13-points but with only 54-seconds left in the game. The turning point of the game came at the free throw line where the Tigers knocked down 24 of 27 free throws while North Greenville hit 12-shots of just 19 from the charity stripe. Benedict also outscored the Crusaders in second chance points and points in the paint.
NGU had four players in double-figures including Karen Donehew who led the team with 22-points. Mychala Wolfe added 21-points, a career high for her at NGU. Cameron Carter scored 16-points, notching 10 free throws while Jessica Garlington scored 12-points.
North Greenville falls to 3-7 overall after the non-conference loss to Benedict. The Crusaders will break for Christmas before returning to the court to take on Barton College on January 3rd. Tipoff is scheduled for 5:30pm in Wilson, North Carolina.