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Valkyries Downed at Winston-Salem State, 84-51

Valkyries Downed at Winston-Salem State, 84-51

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – The Converse College basketball team was dealt an 84-51 defeat at the hands of Winston-Salem State University on Tuesday evening inside the C.E. Gaines Center. After a very competitive first quarter (Converse trailed 14-13), WSSU won the final three remaining periods by double-digits on its way to the non-conference win. 

GAME INFORMATION

Score: Converse 51, WSSU 84

Records: Converse (1-2), WSSU (2-1)

Location: C.E. Gaines Center, Winston-Salem State University, Winston-Salem, N.C. 

INSIDE THE BOXSCORE

  • Nigeria Davis led the Valkyries in scoring with 22 (9-11 shooting) to go along with a team-high seven boards.
  • Ashley Sides connected on three shots from behind the arc to finish the game with 13 points.
  • Bhrianna Jackson added seven points and four boards in the losing effort.
  • The Valkyries shot 42.2% (19-45) from the floor compared to WSSU's 45.5% (30-66).
  • Winston-Salem State outrebounded Converse by a margin of 38-31.
  • Amaya Tucker led all players with 33 points. 

HOW IT HAPPENED

First Quarter

Both teams struggled to find the basket early in the game, but Sides put the Valkyries in front 2-0 with a layup at the 7:37 mark of the opening quarter. From that point the game became a back-and-forth affair as neither team could push ahead by more than four points. 

A pair of free throws by Jackson trimmed the deficit to 14-13 at the end of one action of play.

Second Quarter

Winston-Salem started the second quarter with four in a row to push ahead 18-13 before a deep three by Alliee Patillo brought the Purple and Gold to within a single basket (18-16) just over two minutes into the frame. 

Hailey Gibson connected on a layup for the Rams, which sparked a 19-8 run over the final seven-plus minutes of the half, giving WSSU a 37-24 lead at the break. Winston-Salem State outscored the Valkyries 23-11 in the quarter to establish the comfortable lead. 

Third Quarter

Back-to-back layups by Davis opened the third period, trimming the Rams lead to 40-28, but Winston-Salem reeled off six in a row to claim its biggest lead thus far (46-28). 

Dominique Hill drained a three to draw the Vals closer (46-31), but WSSU continued to build its lead with shooting from the outside. Davis, who appeared to be the go-to near the basket, connected on yet another layup, bringing Converse to within 51-36. However, the Rams ballooned the lead to 23 points (59-36) with an 8-0 run to cap the third quarter. 

Fourth Quarter

The run reached 11-0 to begin the final stanza following a three by Melody Prichard before a layup by the Vals ended the spurt. Unfortunately, it seemed as though every time Converse had an answer, Winston-Salem State provided a spark of its own. 

Converse pulled the score to 74-50 after Sides knocked down her third triple of the game, but that was as close as the score would get with WSSU finishing the game on a 10-1 run to make the final margin of victory 84-51. 

UP NEXT

Converse will open the home portion of its schedule on Saturday, November 16, hosting Wingate in a non-conference showdown. Tipoff for that contest is scheduled for 6 p.m.