BRISTOL, TENN. – Junior guard Brianna James poured in a game-high 33 points but it was not enough as the Converse (5-6, 1-2 CC) basketball team dropped a 92-83 decision at King (4-4, 2-1 CC) University on Sunday afternoon inside the Student Center Complex.
Score: Converse 83, King 92
Records: Converse (5-6, 1-2 CC), Lander (4-4, 2-1 CC)
Location: Student Complex Center
INSIDE THE BOXSCORE
- James' 33 points was two points shy of a program record, one that she set on January 26, 2016 at North Greenville.
- Junior forward Abigail Lewis turned in a career-high 18 points on 6-of-9 from the field and 6-of-8 from the charity stripe.
- The Valkyries picked up seven steals on the afternoon, the lowest of the season for the Purple and Gold.
- King controlled the boards by a total of 46-36
HOW IT HAPPENED
The first quarter was a struggle for offense for both teams, as the shooting inside was as cold as the weather outside. James connected on an old-fashioned three-point play with 8:10 on the clock in the first session to give Converse its first and last lead of the contest. King, using more than five minutes of game time, used a 12-4 run to push out to a 14-7 lead with just over three minutes left in the first. That 7-point lead carried all the way to the end of the frame as KU went in to the second with a 22-15 advantage.
A 6-2 burst by the Tornado to start the second extended the lead to double-digits (28-17), but Converse turned around and used a 9-2 mini run of its own, capped off by a basket from Lewis, to cu the deficit to 30-26 with six minutes to go before halftime.
Eight straight from King pushed the lead back to double-figures (38-26). Tatum Boggs knocked down a big three and Marshea Murray added a knock-down jumper to bring the Vals to within 38-31. From that point it was a defensive battle as King added one point to its lead and went into the locker room leading 43-35 after the first half of play.
James drilled a jumper to start the third followed by layups from Lewis and Nigeria Davis to cut the deficit to a single possession, 43-41. However, King's Ali Golden knocked down a triple and Arnelle Collins added a jumper to cap a 5-0 run by the home team.
On the Valkyries next trip down the floor Dominique Hill busted a long range shot, but a 7-0 run by the Tornado once again gave King a double-digit lead, 55-44. Hill ended that spurt with another make from beyond the arc. Converse scored 15 of the last 22 points of the quarter to trail by only three (62-59) after three quarters of action.
A James jumper at the 8:06 mark of the fourth quarter knotted the contest at 64-all, but that would be as close as the score would get as King used a 7-0 run to once again seize control of the contest. Converse closed the gap to three on several different occasions but it was too little, too late as King outlasted the Vals down the stretch, pulling off the 92-83 win.
After James drilled a jumper to knot the contest at 64-64 with eight minutes remaining in the final period, King used a decisive 7-0 run to gain control of the game and not look back.
Converse will be back in action after a six day hiatus, traveling to Wilson, N.C. to take on the Bulldogs of Barton College. Tipoff for that contest is scheduled for 2 p.m.