North Greenville was able to complete a comeback victory with an 80-77 win in a double overtime thriller against the Erskine Flying Fleet in Due West, South Carolina. The Crusaders trailed 30-22 at halftime, but came back to take the lead late in the fourth quarter. The game would go on to require double overtime, but NGU was finally able to put away Erskine for good for the victory. Peace Okeke recorded her third consecutive double-double with 22 points and 14 rebounds. Karen Donehew posted a double-double of her own with 16 points and 10 rebounds.
Erskine would start off with the first points in the game, but North Greenville responded with six straight points to lead 6-2. The Crusaders would lead by as much as seven in the quarter, but the Flying Fleet put a quick 4-0 run in the final thirty seconds of the quarter to trail 13-10 as the clock expired.
NGU would start off the second half cold as five shots would be missed in the first two minutes of the second quarter. Head coach Kelvin Long would call a timeout after a fast break layup by EC. After Erskine took the lead back, Savannah Hughes responded with a three pointer to put North Greenville back ahead 16-14. The Flying Fleet would then jump back ahead and pull away as the Crusaders went cold yet again. Trailing 27-16, Donehew would end the dry spell with a jump shot in the paint with just over a minute remaining in the half. A three by Erskine was followed by another jump shot by Donehew to end the half with NGU trailing by eight.
EC would continue to shoot well to begin the third quarter, putting up a three to go back up by eleven. Momentum would then finally shift over the North Greenville for a seven point run. Both teams continued to score points throughout the remainder of the quarter, with Erskine hanging on to a seven point lead.
The fourth quarter would turn into the Peace Okeke show, who would score twelve of NGU's twenty points in the quarter. With a minute and a half remaining, Karen Donehew tied the game with a three pointer to make the score 57-57. With less than ten seconds left, Haylee Luttrell would give the Crusaders the lead with a layup. However, the Fleet responded with a layup of their own to force overtime.
Overtime began on a positive note as North Greenville would score the first four points of the period. Erskine was able to get going to stay within striking distance. Leading by two, a foul gave Journey Muhammed a chance to put the game on ice at the free throw line. A missed free throw followed by a converted one allowed the Fleet time for a game-tying shot. Erskine's Cheyenne Matson would put up a high and long last-second shot that would find the basket and force a second overtime.
The beginning of the second overtime period belonged to the Flying Fleet, who were able to take a 73-70 lead. Luttell and Hughes put together back to back layups to put the Crusaders back up by a point. With less than a minute remaining, Okeke put up a layup to put North Greenville up by five, which would prove to be enough as Erskine would score a layup but nothing more to allow NGU to leave Due West with the win.
North Greenville will play in Tigerville for the first time this season against the USC Aiken Pacers on Thursday, December 5th.