SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The Converse College basketball team lost a heartbreaking 69-67 game versus Erskine College on Saturday afternoon inside the Weisiger Center. Converse, despite knocking down a season-high 11 three-pointers, lost its second game of the season on a final basket.
Score: Erskine 69, Converse 67
Records: Erskine (3-11, 2-6 CC) Converse (2-16, 1-8 CC)
Location: Hannah Gymnasium, Converse College, Spartanburg, S.C.
INSIDE THE BOXSCORE
- Ashley Sides put together a magnificent game, scoring a team-high 15 points to go along with six rebounds and four assists.
- Alexis McMillian and Lindsey Hardin chipped in double-digits with 12 and 11 points, respectively.
- Sierra Davenport led the Valkyries with seven rebounds to go with seven points.
- Ellen Nardella added eight points off the bench for Converse.
- The Fleet held a 37-34 margin on the boards.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Sides drained a three seconds into the contest, sparking a 7-0 run by Converse to begin the opening period. Emani Bell stopped that run with a three-pointer, trimming the Vals lead to 7-3 with 8:11 on the clock.
However, Converse continued to apply the pressure, pushing out to a comfortable 16-5 lead following a make from the charity stripe by Bhrianna Jackson. Erskine was able to put together a run of 10-4 to end the quarter, but Converse led 20-15 after one.
Alliee Pattillo knocked down a triple, extending the advantage to 23-17, but seven in a row by Erskine allowed the Fleet to take its first lead of the contest (24-23) with 6:14 remaining in the first half. Back-to-back threes from Hardin and Sides pushed Converse back ahead, 29-27, but a 9-3 spurt by Erskine allowed the visitors to lead 36-32 at the break.
Erskine scored the first four points of the second half, ballooning its lead to 40-32. However, Converse continued to hit shots from deep, connecting on three in a row followed by a layup from Davenport, cutting the deficit to 45-43.
From that point, the quarter became a back-and-forth affair, as Erskine was able to cling to a slim lead. With the score at 49-48 in favor of the Fleet, Erskine used a 9-4 mini run to take a 59-52 lead into the final period.
Hardin started the fourth with a make from downtown followed by a tough layup from McMillian, pulling the Valkyries to within a single possession (59-57) early in the fourth. McMillian brought the Purple and Gold to a single point (62-61) of Erskine before an old-fashioned three-point play by Davenport gave Converse its first lead since the second quarter.
A layup from Zee Gay and a three-pointer from Cheyenne Matson pushed Erskine back out front, 67-64, with 19 seconds on the clock. However, the Valkyries would not go away as Sides came off a screen and knocked down her fifth from behind arc for the game, knotting the score at 67-all. Unfortunately, Erskine's Alexis Scott was able to sneak a layup over the rim with two seconds left, ultimately giving the Fleet a conference win.
The Valkyries will return to action on Wednesday, January 15, traveling to Wilson, N.C. to face the Bulldogs of Barton College. That contest is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m.