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Valkyries Set Record For Wins In a Season With Victory Over Southern Wesleyan

Valkyries Set Record For Wins In a Season With Victory Over Southern Wesleyan

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Senior forward Abigail Lewis (Savannah, Ga.) erupted for a season-high 26 points to go along with nine rebounds to help propel the Converse basketball team to its fourth-straight win, defeating Southern Wesleyan by the final of 67-60 on Wednesday evening. With the win the Valkyries have swept the season series with SWU and own a crucial tiebreaker over the Warriors.

Score: Southern Wesleyan 60, Converse 67
Records: Southern Wesleyan (8-15, 3-12 CC), Converse (10-10, 4-10 CC)
Location: Hannah Gymnasium

  • Freshman Ellen Nardella (Myrtle Beach, S.C.) came up big for the Vals, knocking down clutch threes in the second half, finishing the game with 14 points.
  • Sophomore Nigeria Davis continued her impressive stretch, totaling 12 points and seven rebounds on the evening.
  • Converse shot 46.4% (26-56) from the floor and 68.8% (11-16) from the charity stripe.
  • The Valkyries held a 38-27 advantage on rebounds over the Warriors.
  • Converse assisted on 21 of its 26 made baskets.



The two teams started out trading the initial eight points of the contest, but Converse would push ahead 11-4 after collected nine consecutive points. 

That spread remained intact all the way to the count of 17-10, but Southern Wesleyan finished the first period with a three-pointer and layup to trim the deficit to a single possession (17-15) heading into the second quarter.


Back-to-back layups by Alexis McMillian (Bishopville, S.C.) and Bhrianna Jackson (Baltimore, Md.) started the second period. However a 10-6 run over four minutes of game action cut the Valkyries lead to 27-25 with 4:22 left in the first half. 

Converse regained momentum, pushing out to a double-digit lead (35-25) after Nardella and Dominique Hill (Elgin, S.C.) knocked down back-to-back threes, igniting an 8-0 run by the Purple and Gold. A layup by Denisha Hall sent the teams in the locker room with Converse leading 35-27.


Southern Wesleyan scored the first five points of the third quarter, trimming the lead to 35-32 less than a minute into the second half. However, Lewis knocked down a mid-range jumper and Converse extended the lead back out to the intermission advantage after taking the next five points. 

With the score at 44-35 in favor of the home team, the Warriors made a run, finishing the third with an 8-0 spurt, cutting the Valkyries lead to a single point (44-43) heading into the fourth period.


That momentum for the Warriors carried over into the final stanza. After Lewis nailed a jumper in the paint, Southern Wesleyan ripped off a 7-0 run to take a 50-46 lead, its first since early in the opening period. 

Buckets from Nardella and Lewis put Converse back ahead before Jessica Sparks knocked down a three at the top of the key to give SWU the 53-52 advantage with four and a half to play in regulation. On the Vals next offensive possession, Nardella came up huge with a shot from downtown, giving Converse a lead it would not relinquish en route to a 67-60 win. 


After SWU knocked down a three to take a 1-point lead (53-52) with 4:42 remaining in the contest, Converse finished the game on a 15-7 run to seal the deal.


The Valkyries will be back in action on Saturday, February 9 with another pivotal Conference Carolinas contest, traveling to Tigerville, S.C. to take on the Crusaders of North Greenville University. Tip-off for that contest is scheduled for 2 p.m.