Second Half Surge Leads Pirates Past Converse, 67-43
SAVANNAH, Ga. - The Armstrong Atlantic State University women's basketball squad used a 22-5 run midway through the second half to break open a one-point halftime game and collect a 67-43 victory over visiting Converse College on Monday evening at Alumni Arena.
The Pirates (2-0) led by just one, 22-21, at halftime after a first half that saw Armstrong shoot just 34 percent from the floor and commit 17 turnovers. Converse (0-2) took the lead in the second half on a three-pointer by Kayla Garrett with 15:45 remaining, 28-26, but the Pirates went on a 22-5 run over the next eight minutes to build a 50-33 lead and notch the victory.
Armstrong placed four players in double figures, led by junior Briana McFarland's career-high 12 points on 4-of-8 shooting from the floor and 4-of-4 shooting from the free throw line. Junior Demisha Mills added 12 points while sophomore Mauri Wells notched her second straight double-double with 10 points and a career-high 18 rebounds. Angelia Hill added 10 points as well for the Pirates.
Converse was led by Samira Gillcrese's 10 points, six rebounds, three assists and three blocked shots.
Armstrong held the Valkyries to just 25.4 percent shooting from the floor (17-of-67) while notching 10 steals and eight blocked shots. The Pirates hit 41.3 percent from the floor (26-of-63) on the evening.
"I thought offensively, we still hadn't executed very well," Armstrong head coach Matt Schmidt said. "We forced a lot of things in the first half, compared to the second half. But we definitely got the ball inside in the second half, which is what we need to do in order to play well in the Peach Belt.
"I was very pleased with our offense in the second half because of the ball movement and better decision-making."
The Pirates return to action on Friday, November 18, hosting the Wingate by Wyndham Pirate Classic. Armstrong meets Young Harris at 7:00 p.m., with Flagler and Anderson (S.C.) playing at 5:00 p.m. at Alumni Arena.