Crusaders surge past Bobcats, 67-54

Box score

TIGERVILLE, S.C. --- Karly Stache poured in a game-high 20 points, and the North Greenville University women's basketball team forced 25 Lees-McRae College turnovers en route to a 67-54 victory over the Bobcats in Conference Carolinas play on Wednesday night.

North Greenville (12-4, 7-1 CC) posted a field goal percentage of 44.4 percent on the evening, while limiting Lees-McRae (5-8, 1-6 CC) to a 40.7 percent clip from the floor. The Crusaders edged the Bobcats by a 37-36 margin on the glass, while converting 25 LMC miscues into 21 points.

Icey Patterson (Seneca, S.C.) paced the Bobcats with 15 points on 7-of-12 shooting, adding five rebounds and three assists while Paige Whitaker (Harrisburg, N.C.) chipped in 13 markers with a 5-for-11 night from the floor. Kerri Belcher (Roanoke, Va.) added nine points and a team-high six rebounds as Chloe Parker (Chicago, Ill.) pulled down six boards of her own.

Stache connected on 8-of-13 shots on the night, leading all scorers with 20 points while knocking down 4-of-7 attempts from beyond the arc. Courtney Friddle chipped in 14 markers with a 7-for-11 night from the floor, while Krisceda Cotton and Timisty Nelson each pulled down a game-high seven rebounds. Christina Carlis also added a game-high six assists for North Greenville.

The Bobcats jumped out to an early 7-3 lead on a Whitaker three-pointer at the 16:14 mark before North Greenville responded, countering with a 19-11 run to take a 22-18 advantage on a Stache triple with 6:49 to play in the half. After Lees-McRae trimmed the margin to 24-22 on a layup by Sophie Witte (Hamburg, Germany), the Crusaders closed out the half with a 12-3 run to take a 36-25 advantage into the intermission on a last-second steal and basket by Carlis.

North Greenville carried the momentum into the second half, opening the period with an 18-14 spurt to claim a 54-39 advantage on a jumper by Ciara Anderson at the 11:52 mark. The Crusaders would close out the win from there, maintaining the double-digit advantage over the final 10 minutes of play en route to the a 67-54 victory.

Lees-McRae returns to the court on Saturday when the Bobcats host Coker College in conference play at 2 p.m. in Williams Gymnasium.

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