DAYTONA BEACH, FLA. - In the opening contest of the Bahama House Classic, the host Embry-Riddle handed the Valkyries a 79-48 loss.
Shakori Jennings-Shuler hauled in six rebounds. Embry-Riddle forced 23 Valkyries' turnovers leading to 32 points.
FINAL | Converse 48, Embry-Riddle 79
RECORDS | Converse 1-6, Embry-Riddle 8-2
HOW IT HAPPENED
Both teams started off slow until Erin Horne cracked the scoreless tie with a floater in the paint for the early 2-0 advantage.
Embry-Riddle found their groove shortly after going on a 10-0 forcing a Converse timeout. Keocia Walker was able to halt the run connecting from deep with 5:03 remaining in the quarter to cut it to 10-5.
The Eagles finished the quarter on a 7-0 run to take a 25-9 advantage into the second stanza.
Embry-Riddle would keep the momentum going in the second quarter as they started on a 7-2 run to lead 32-11. Bri James tallied the only bucket during the run.
Bri James would end the run with 4:13 left with a jumper. ERAU would counter with a trey at the other end of the floor to push their lead to 22, 35-13.
Paige Johnson would start to cut into the deficit with a tough jumper followed by a layup by Shakori Jennings-Shuler. Briana Hill would connect on 1-2 from the stripe for the final points of the half for the Valkyries.
Embry-Riddle headed into the break with a 40-18 lead.
Embry-Riddle outscored the Valkyries 22-10 in the quarter. The first five minutes of the quarter saw the Eagles with a 10-2 run as Hannah Anderson posted the bucket.
The Eagles saw their lead swell to 56-20 before Bri James knocked down back-to-back threes. James would hit a jumper for the final bucket of the quarter as the Eagles jumped out to a 62-28 lead heading into the final 10 minutes of play.
Bri James started the scoring for the Valkyries in the quarter with a jumper just a minute into action. Hannah Anderson would connect on a short jumper to cut the deficit to 65-32 with 7:38 to play.
Erin Horne would end a short run with a layup but the Eagles would answer on the other end to keep their lead at 71-34.
Tatum Boggs would dial up a long distance shot with 4:04 left on the clock. Tiffani Riggen would follow suit with a trey of her own, while Bri James would make a layup but missed the and-one free throw to cut the deficit to 73-43.
Converse will take on Barry in the final contest of the Bahama House Classic on December 17 at 12pm.