FLORENCE, S.C.- In the final non-conference contest of 2015, the Valkyries found it tough sledding against nationally ranked Francis Marion falling 78-47 on Wednesday afternoon.
Converse (2-6) was led by Brianna James (Spartanburg, S.C.) and Khyrstal Ellis (Greenville, S.C.) as the only Valkyries in double-figures. James posted 14 points in the contest while Ellis chipped in 12 points on 5-6 shooting from the floor. Dah'Vielle Lucas (Mauldin, S.C.) grabbed a career-high 11 boards while Yashee Johnson (West Columbia, S.C.) hauled in 10 boards and had three rejections.
Francis Marion (10-1) jumped out to a big lead in the second quarter scoring 31 points and taking a 46-22 advantage into the break. Converse shot 55% in the first half but turned the ball over 22 times. Converse trailed 15-12 after the first ten minutes of action.
The Valkyries were outscored 32-25 in the second half with Bri James scoring ten of her 14 points in the second half.
The Valkyries could not overcome a season-high 37 turnovers despite gaining the edge on the boards 49-43.
Converse will look to rebound in 2016 hosting Conference Carolinas foes Pfeiffer (Tues. Jan. 5) with Lees-McRae and King for Family Weekend on Jan. 8-9. Tip-off is slated for 7pm against Pfeiffer.