NGU entered the new year with a 72-61 loss to the Lions of Emmanuel College in Franklin Springs, Georgia. Although three Crusaders went on to hit double digit points, the team struggled overall with a 30.9 field goal percentage. Karen Donehew led with 18 points.
Emmanuel quickly pulled away with an 11-2 run to begin the game. A three pointer by Journey Muhammed would begin a seven point run, but the Lions would end the quarter with nine point to lead 22-10.
Haylee Luttrell began the second quarter with a fast break layup. Emmanuel would then score seven straight points to extend the lead to seventeen. NGU was able to cut the deficit down to thirteen, but the Lions would take the momentum back with a 9-1 run to end the half, making the score 41-22 at halftime.
The third quarter began with a layup by Karen Donehew. North Greenville would trail by as much as 23, but the Crusaders would put up a fight late in the quarter to outscore Emmanuel 19-15 for the quarter and cutting the deficit down to fifteen.
Nearly two minutes would go by without a score to begin the fourth quarter. Two free throws by the Lions were followed by a three pointer by Donehew. North Greenville would put up a fight with a ten point run to cut the Emmanuel lead to seven points. However, with less than two minutes remaining the Lions would put an end to the rally, increasing their lead back to thirteen with less than a minute left in the game. NGU would score the final two points of the game, but would ultimately fall by eleven points.
North Greenville will head back to Tigerville to take on the Belmont Abbey Crusaders on Saturday, January 4th.