GAFFNEY, S.C. – The Converse College basketball team was downed by Limestone College on Saturday afternoon inside the Timken Center. After suffering a 25-point loss to the Saints just under two weeks ago, the Valkyries put up a valiant effort, but came up on the short end of a 76-61 score.
Score: Limestone 76, Converse 61
Records: Limestone (3-5, 2-1 CC), Converse (5-3, 1-3 CC)
Location: Timken Center
INSIDE THE BOXSCORE
- In her first collegiate game, freshman guard Ellen Nardella (Myrtle Beach, S.C.) poured in a team-high 14 points on 5-of-11 shooting.
- Senior Abigail Lewis (Savannah, Ga.) poured in 13 points after knocking down 7-of-8 attempts from the charity stripe.
- Alexis McMillian (Bishopville, S.C.) turned in a solid offensive performance, tallying 12 to go along with a team-high four assists.
- The Valkyries outrebounded Limestone by a total of 47-39, but turned the ball over 24 times, which led to 16 points by the Blue and Gold.
- Converse shot 33.9% (20-59) from the floor, including 5-21 (23.8%) from behind the arc.
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Saints jumped out to a 5-2 lead early, but a make from behind the arc by Dominique Hill (Elgin, S.C.) knotted the contest at 5-all just over two minutes into the contest. A pair of free throws by Lewis gave Converse its first lead, 7-5.
Limestone went back ahead 10-9, but the Vals used a 5-1 spurt to regain the lead at 14-11. Schekinah Bimpah connected on a layup with 39 ticks left and Converse went into the second quarter leading 14-13.
McMillian got the scoring started for the Valkyries in the second with a jumper in the paint before Limestone knocked down a three to tie the game at 16-16.
A pair of knockdowns from Hill at the free throw line put CC up 19-17, but a 10-1 run pushed the Saints out to their biggest lead of the first half, 27-20. From that point it was back-and-forth as Limestone took a 32-27 lead into the break.
The Valkyries came out of the intermission flat and Limestone took advantage of that, running off 9-of-11 points to extend the margin to 41-29 with just under seven minutes to go in the third. Back-to-back threes by Nardella and Jordan Brooks (San Angelo, Texas) trimmed the deficit to 41-35.
However, the Saints once again used a big run, this time 10-2, to race out to their largest advantage, 51-37. Six straight by Converse cut the gap to eight (51-43), but a deep three by Taylour Hunter put the lead back to double-digits (54-43) heading into the final period of play.
Limestone was able to capture its biggest lead (61-45) with a 7-2 run to start the fourth, but the Vals continued to fight, reeling off 9-of-12 to pull within 10 (64-54) with 5:23 to play in regulation.
However, that would be as close as the game would get as Limestone went up by as many as 18 (76-58) en route to the 76-61 win.
A five-point game at the half quickly turned into a commanding 14-point advantage as Limestone used a 19-10 run over the first eight minutes of the third to gain control of the contest.
The Valkyries will be back in action on Monday, December 17 as they travel to Wilson, N.C. to take on Barton. Tip-off for that contest is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.