The North Greenville women’s basketball team improved to 13-2 in conference on Wednesday after an impressive 95-64 win over Converse College.
It was also a special night for two of North Greenville’s seniors. Karly Stache scored a lay-up with 4 minutes left in the first period, making her the all time leading scorer in North Greenville women’s basketball history with 1443 career points. Stache would go on to score 11 points.
Three minutes later, Christina Carlis broke a record of her own, becoming the all time assists leader at NGU. Carlis eclipsed the record set by Nikki Wood in 2010 when she dished out her 7th assist of the night, setting the new record of 363. Carlis ended the night with 8 points and 8 assists.
It was a big night for other NGU players as well. Freshman Timisty Nelson set a new career high scoring 24 points, leading all scorers. Erin Gray also had her best showing of the season with 15 points and 6 rebounds. Courtney Friddle had another solid night in the paint for the Crusaders putting up 12 points, and Allison Greene scored 9 after coming off of the bench.
As for the game, the Crusaders never trailed, and led by as many as 36 points. NGU led by as many as 16 in the first half, but Converse strung together a 10-0 run to pull to within 6 with 5:13 left. North Greenville responded with a 15-2 run the final five minutes of the half, taking a 16 point lead into the locker room.
The run to close out the first half seemed to take the wind out of the Valkyries’ sails. The Crusaders opened the second half on a 12-2 run that lasted three minutes, which put the game out of reach for Converse.
The Crusaders are still tied for first place in the Western Division with Limestone College, with a key matchup coming this weekend with Barton College. A win over the Bulldogs on Saturday, would ensure the February 14th contest between North Greenville and Limestone would be for sole possession of first place in the west.
North Greenville and Barton will tipoff at 5:30 this Saturday, in Wilson, North Carolina.