The Converse College Valkryies struck first in the debate on Tuesday evening, but the Warriors tied it up on free throws by Tatiana Manuel and then pulled ahead to take on 4-2 lead after two more free throws by Manuel. The Warriors took their lead to 8-4 after a layup by Taylor Vinson and a jump shot by Cayse Branyon. By the end of the first period, Converse had taken a 16-15 lead over the Warriors. The Warriors kept the game close throughout the second half and were only down by ten at the end of the half.
The Warriors came back from halftime with three consecutive lay-ups by Tomi Sanchez, Taylor Vinson and Tatiana Manuel to make the game 35-44. After a jump shot by Cayse Branyon, Converse College only had a seven point lead and the score was 39-46. Taylor Vinson shot a three-point jump shot to bring the Warriors to only a point behind the Valkryies, however Tatum Boggs led Converse ahead again. Despite three-point jump shots by Jessica Sparks and Kristen Smith that assisted the Warriors in remaining in striking distance of Converse College, the Warriors were unable to pull ahead of Converse and the Valkryies won 68-59.
"We need to keep working to improve," said Head Women's Basketball Coach John Davis. He continued, "Our preparation is a big part of us not being successful. The game is played for 40 minutes and we are not there. Seeing the team respond to bring the game within one point was positive, but credit to Converse for setting the tempo of the game."
Tatiana Manuel, Taylor Vinson and Tomi Sanchez were the leading offensive players of the match, combining for 34 points. Manuel contributed with 13 rebounds, she was followed by Tatiyana Mahone (6), Breanna Richardson (5) and Kristen Smith (5). Manuel also gained 6 blocks in the loss.
The loss for the Warriors makes their record now 1-4 and 0-2 in Conference Carolina action. Converse College is now 1-3 and 1-1 in Conference play. Southern Wesleyan University will next play on Thursday, December 1 where they will take on the Bob Jones University Bruins at 6 p.m. at Historic Tysinger Gymnasium. They will remain at home for the weekend and take on the Erskine College Flying Fleet on December 3 at 2 p.m.