CENTRAL, S.C. – Chelsie Waters scored 18 and Brooke Strickland added 14 off the bench but the Warriors shot just 34.8 percent from the floor in a 77-62 setback against North Greenville on Tuesday night in Tysginer Gymnasium.
The Warriors led early at 6-2 and 9-8 but the Crusaders used a 16-2 run midway through the half to seize a 29-15 lead, one they'd never relinquish. SWU cut into the lead in the first half, bringing the margin down to 33-27 late in the half but NGU's Tyler Powers late in the half.
Early in the second half the Warriors connected on a pair of threes, one from Cayse Branyon and another from Brooke Strickland to climb back within five, 40-35. The Crusaders answered with six straight to take back control and push the lead back into double digits at 11. Every time the Warriors climbed within single digits the Crusaders had an answer as the lead grew to 21 late in the second half.
The Warriors were held to 30.6 percent shooting in the first half and finished the game at 34.8 percent (24 of 69). The Crusaders shot 44.4 percent in the first half and got hot in the second, connecting on 54.5 percent after halftime to finish the game at 49.3 percent.
In addition to Waters and Strickland, Christiana Perkins and Shyla Coleman each added eight points. Perkins finished the game with a team-high eight rebounds as Coleman added seven. Perkins and Branyon led the team with four assists.
The Crusaders had five players in double figures led by Timisty Nelson's 18 points and 10 rebounds. Powers scored all 12 points from beyond the arc and added seven assists. Emily Wampler led all players with nine assists.
North Greenville pulled down 46 rebounds as the Warriors claimed 33. NGU scored 20 second chance points off of 17 offensive rebounds while the Warriors managed just eight second chance points off of 15 offensive boards. The Crusaders also did a lot of damage in the middle of the floor with 38 points in the paint. The Warriors scored 22 in the paint.
The Warriors will hit the road this Saturday to take on Barton for the second time this season. The Bulldogs defeated the Warriors 75-49 in Tysinger back in January.