SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The Converse College basketball team had a tough home loss against the Mount Olive Trojans. The Valkyries dropped the contest by a final score of 59-42.
Score: Converse 42, Mount Olive 59
Records: Converse (11-12), Mount Olive (15-8)
Location: Hannah Gymnasium
INSIDE THE BOXSCORE
Redshirt Freshman Alexis McMillian (Bishopville, S.C.) led the Vals with 12 points in only 19 minutes of action.
Sophomore Nigeria Davis (Newberry, S.C.) had the sole double-double of the game. She finished with 11 points and 11 rebounds, going 3-4 on the free throw line.
Senior Abigail Lewis (Savannah, G.A.) had 8 points and was 100% from the free throw line.
Converse had the higher free throw percentage at 64.3%.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Both teams were almost scoreless for the first full three minutes of the game until the Trojans hit a three-point shot. Davis quickly responded for the Purple and Gold by making a layup and was fouled on the play. The made free throw tied the score of the competition (3-3).
The rest of the quarter saw points scored for the Vals by Davis on a jumpshot, and a free throw by McMillian. Mount Olive outscored Converse 11-6.
Both teams opened the second quarter in the same fashion. The Trojans hit a three and Davis replied shortly after for the Valkyries with a layup and another foul on the play. The free throw attempt was good and brought the score to 14-9.
Converse held off Mount Olive for four minutes and came within two on a jumpshot made by Davis and a free throw by McMillian (14-12). For the rest of the quarter the Vals saw a jumpshot by Anna King (Summerville, S.C.) and a three pointer by Ellen Nardella (Myrtle Beach, S.C.). The Trojans held the lead going into half-time, 30-17.
Mount Olive started the second-half with a quick layup and the Lewis for the Purple and Gold responded a minute later with a layup (32-19).
A minute later Davis was fouled on a layup and went one for two from the line (32-20). Converse's remaining four points of the quarter were scored by McMillian on a layup and a jumpshot. The Trojans were up on the Vals 44-24 by the end of the quarter.
McMillian continued her scoring for the Valkyries and opened the quarter with a jumpshot (44-26). Mount Olive quickly responded with a layup and brought the score to 46-26.
With shots made by Lewis, McMillian, Nardella, and freshman Ivy Collins (Myrtle Beach, S.C.), the Purple and Gold couldn't pull out the win and fell to the Trojans 59-42.
Converse will return to the court on Wednesday, February 20 as it plays host to King in a Conference Carolinas showdown. Tip-off for that contest is scheduled for 6 p.m.