Despite a second half comeback, the All-Stars still could not prevail against Wingate. Converse lost the contest 68-52.
Bulldog sophomore forward Kerri Metzker led the visitors with 15 points. Wingate sophomore forward Emily Paffrath added 10 points, five rebounds and four blocked shots.
For the Converse All-Stars, senior forward Melissa Bunce had 15 points and six rebounds. All-Star sophomore center Lauren Mueller contributed 10 points, seven rebounds and four blocks.
The Bulldogs led by as many as 29 in the first half. Wingate led 40-14 at intermission. The visitors built a 49-18 lead on a lay-up by sophomore guard Lakin Byer with 16:34 remaining in the contest. The 31-point bulge was Wingate’s biggest of the evening.
The All-Stars cut the lead to 60-41 on two free throws by senior guard Melissa Ballard with 4:39 to go. Converse shot 50 percent (12-of-24) in the second half, but would get no closer than the final margin. A three-pointer by sophomore guard Olivia Freda with 34 ticks on the clock pulled the hosts within 16 at 68-52.
Wingate hit 45.7 percent of its first half field goals (16-of-35), while Converse managed only 20 percent (five-of-25). The Bulldogs outrebounded the All-Stars 26-13 in the first 20 minutes, and ended with 45-35.
Converse, now 2-15, will travel to Anderson College on Thursday for a 7pm contest.