SPARTANBURG, SC – The Converse basketball team won a hard fought game against the Falcons of Pfeiffer University, 71-67. Sophomore forward Katy Vaughan (Lebanon, TN) carried the Valkyries down the stretch with a 21 point second half, giving her 25 points for the game, shooting 72 percent from the floor (8-of-11). The Valkyries (3-10 overall, 3-3 Conference Carolinas) get their third straight win to move into sixth place in the conference, just ahead of the Falcons (3-9 overall, 2-4 Conference Carolinas).
Converse had a very balanced attack in the first half with Vaughan, Latrell Nickens (Sumter, SC), Deondria Terrell (Atlanta, GA), and Brandy Williams (Spartanburg, SC) all putting up four points. Sophomore Jasmine Middlebrooks (Atlanta, GA) would lead the Valkyries in the first half with seven points and two rebounds.
The Falcons were lead in the first half by the duo of Brittany Cox (Winston-Salem, NC) and Christina Harvey (Locust Grove, VA) who contributed a combined 13 points and 11 rebounds. Pfeiffer struggled in the first half, shooting 31 percent from the field (9-of-29). The Valkyries took a 30-23 lead into the locker room at half-time.
Pfeiffer came out hot to start the second half taking the lead at 39-38 with 14 minutes remaining. Kellie Rhoney (Catawba, NC) led her troops on the rally scoring eight of her 10 points in the second half. Harvey’s continued strong play would earn her a double-double with 18 points and 10 boards for the game.
Neither team could seize control until the final minute and a half when Vaughan was sent to the line with a score of 63-63, sinking both free-throws and allowing Converse a two point lead. A missed three-pointer by Pfeiffer’s Rhoney would lead to a Vaughan rebound and the cushion needed for the Valkyries to get away with the win.
Pfeiffer looks to snap its losing streak on Saturday hosting rival Queens on blackout night at the Merner Gym. All fans attending the 5:30 p.m. tip are encouraged to wear black for the evening’s festivities.