ORANGEBURG, SC (November 18, 2023) – The Claflin Lady Panthers (1-1) gave their best effort, but it was not quite enough as the team took a 64-61 loss to the North Greenville Crusaders (3-1), Saturday afternoon. The Lady Panthers had a strong start to the game, but turnovers and some late offensive struggles cost the team in the loss.
While the team took the loss, it didn’t come from a lack of effort. “They played their butts off, but we didn’t play our smartest at the end,” said Claflin women’s basketball head coach Terrence Jenkins.
Statistically, the Lady Panthers played a solid game. The team shot a solid 39.0% (23-for-59) from the floor. However, the team committed 35 turnovers in the loss. Claflin junior guard Lauren Scott led the effort for the team with 19 points. She was the only Lady Panther to reach double-digit scoring, but senior guard Nya Morris played well with nine points, six steals and six rebounds.
The game turned out to be a story of two halves. The Lady Panthers controlled the first half of the game with a 31-27 lead. The half included the team going ahead by as many as eight points, 26-18 following a jumper from junior forward Leigha Harris with 5:50 left in the second quarter. Though the Lady Panthers allowed the Crusaders to take an early third quarter lead, the Lady Panthers were able to take a lead into the fourth quarter after a three-pointer from junior guard Janelle Sample with 00:37 left in the third quarter. In the fourth quarter, the Lady Panthers found themselves tied, 61-61, the Lady Panthers were never able to score again while allowing three free throws to the Crusaders to take the 61-64 loss.
With the loss, the Lady Panthers fall to 1-1 to start the season. The team will hit the road for their next game when they head to nearby Sumter, South Carolina to take on the Morris (S.C.) Yellowjackets. For more information on Lady Panthers basketball, contact the Claflin University Office of Athletics Media Relations at (803) 535-5548 or log on to www.athletics.claflin.edu.