SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Southern Wesleyan never led as Converse got revenge on the Warriors with a 78-68 win in Conference Carolinas action on Saturday afternoon. The Warriors won the meeting earlier this month in Central, 76-67.
Three players scored 12 points for the Warriors as the team shot 39.4 percent from the floor. The Valkyries connected on 45.5 percent from the floor in the game as Margo Dill led all players with 19 points.
Converse started the game on a 6-0 run but the Warriors turned the tables to tie the game at 8-8 as Brooke Strickland connected on a 3 pointer. The Warriors tied the game at 14-14 and 16-16 just minutes later but were unable to match the Valkyries the rest of the way.
The Warriors fell behind 30-18 with just under seven minutes to go in the half after Converse outscored the Warriors 14-2 over a four minute stretch. SWU was able to cut the margin down to seven, 39-32, at halftime.
A layup from Christiana Perkins five minutes into the second half brought the Warriors to within three at 46-43 but after a timeout Converse scored five straight. The Warriors again cut the lead down to two at 53-51 as Bri Seda scored after an offensive rebound but the Valkyries scored seven of the next nine points as Dill scored all seven for Converse in the run. The Valkyries continued to build their lead, reaching 13 with 1:34 to play.
The Warriors grabbed 17 offensive rebounds in the game led by Perkins' five, she finished the game with 12 rebounds to go along with 12 points. The double double is the fifth for Perkins this season. Cayse Branyon and Bri Seda each scored 12 points as Brooke Strickland added 10.
SWU out rebounded Converse 51-41 but Converse did more damage in the paint. The Valkyries outscored the Warriors 40-30 in the lane and scored 16 points off turnovers compared to just seven for the Warriors.
The Warriors close out their short three-game road trip at Erskine on Wednesday. The Flying Fleet won the season's first meeting 90-68 in Tysinger back in November.