SPARTANBURG, S.C. - Despite boasting two players in double figures and a commanding lead for more than half the game, the Pfeiffer University women's basketball team was unable to hold off Converse College in Conference Carolinas competition Wednesday night. The loss drops the Falcons to 2-16 on the season and 1-9 in conference play. The win was the Valkyries first of the 2013-2014 campaign and bumps their record to 1-17 overall and 1-9 in the conference.
The evening began with Pfeiffer flexing their muscle from the opening bell. Completely un-phased by a quick layup from the home team to start the game, the Falcons went on a 25-8 run over the next 8:39. Led by the sizzling three-point shot of freshman Alexis Stallard, who had nine points in the first half and was 75% from three-point range, Pfeiffer kept the Valkyries on their heels for the entire opening frame. Freshman Hollie Boggs and junior Carlisha Holivay chipped in eight points apiece to send the Falcons into halftime with a convincing 37-23 lead. Holivay shot 75% from the field in the first half, and finished with 66% field goal shooting in a homecoming of sorts. Prior to her time at Pfeiffer, Holivay played at Dorman High School not far from the Converse campus.
The Falcons began the second half much like they'd played the entire matchup, adding two more points to their lead on a bucket by freshman Ariana Tillman. With 18:57 left in the game however, someone turned the heat off on the Falcons' side of the gym. Over the next seven minutes, Converse scored 16 straight unanswered points to tie the game with 12:45 left to play. Pfeiffer regained their stride quickly and over the next minute rebuilt their lead to five with 11:40 to play. That however would be the Falcons' last lead of the game.
With 10:10 left, Converse took their first lead of the night off of a free throw by Margo Dill and never looked back. Dill finished the night with a game-high 17 points on 7 of 9 field goal shooting. Holivay and Boggs led the way for the Falcons with 11 and ten points respectively. Stallard helped out with nine points and freshman Amy Steller led all players with ten rebounds.
The Falcons set a school-record for three-point attempts in the game with a whopping 66 tries. The tally topped the previous record of 40 attempts in a game which was set on December 5, 2012.
Pfeiffer hopes to put a halt to their seven game losing skid when they return to action on Saturday February 1st against Lees-McRae. Tip-off is set for 5:30 pm in Merner Gym.