Cleveland, TN—Karen Donehew led North Greenville in scoring for the fourth consecutive game on Saturday but NGU was once again on the short-end of a 63-52 decision to the Flames of Lee University.
- Score: NGU – 52 / Lee – 63
- Location: Lee University (Cleveland, Tennessee)
- Records: NGU 0-4 / Lee 4-0
How it Happened
- The Crusaders fell behind early as the Flames set the tone with a 5-0 run.
- Karen Donehew got NGU on the board with a jumper but the Lee answered with an 11-2 run to take a 16-4 advantage. The Crusaders cut the deficit to nine points at the end of the quarter.
- The lead was then trimmed to three points in the second frame before Ayano Shelton knocked down a three-ball to even it at 19-19.
- Lee would grab a quick one-point edge, knocking down the front half of a pair of free throws but North Greenville responded on the next possession with a three-pointer from Kathleen Rodgers, giving the Crusaders their first lead of the game at 22-20.
- The final six minutes of the first half saw two ties and a lead change. The Flames finished the period on an 8-0 run to take a 31-24 lead.
- The Crusaders kept it close in the third frame but were unable to pull closer than five points as the Flames were able to respond to each North Greenville run.
- The lead for Lee swelled to as many as 13-points when Carrie Cheeks opened the fourth with a layup to make it 51-38.
- The Crusaders continued to battle though as Donehew and Rodgers connected on back-to-back possessions to make it 51-45.
- The Flames once again answered though, eventually taking a 61-47 lead with 4:01 left.
- NGU had chances, in the end, to fight back to even but a two-minute scoring drought in the final three minutes cost the Crusaders as the Flames were able to weather NGU’s comeback attempt.
The Good Guys
- Karen Donehew led all scorers with 17-points with six rebounds and three assists.
- Savannah Hughes and Bailey Breazeale had eight points for the Crusaders. Breazeale led the team with eight rebounds.
The Other Team
- Carrie Cheeks finished the day with 14-points to lead the Flames.
- Erin Walsh finished with 11-points and a game-high nine rebounds.
Next Time Out
- North Greenville opens up its home and Conference Carolinas schedule with a 5:30 pm game against Erskine College in Hayes Gymnasium.